State Rep. Russell Holmes and Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins aren't waiting to see who might run to replace Tim McCarthy as the city councilor from Hyde Park, Mattapan and Roslindale - both have endorsed Ricardo Arroyo for the seat.
Arroyo, the son of former at-large Councilor Felix Arroyo and the brother of former at-large Councilor Felix Arroyo, is making his first bid for elected office in the fall elections.
McCarthy recently announced his retirement from the seat.
Tompkins, a Hyde Park resident, said Arroyo would be a champion of programs that would help people stay out of his jails and become productive members of society.
In order to achieve this goal, we need people in leadership who understand that government works best when it works for all of us. We need someone with a history of working with, and listening to, populations that often go unnoticed and under-served. We need someone who is dedicated to the advocacy of public policy that helps to ensure that those most in need get the services that they require. Ricardo is that person.
In addition to Arroyo, Yves Mary Jean of Roslindale has also announced his bid, but the field could grow for the open seat.