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With housing at center of Boston mayor’s race, labor and developers are organizing to push candidate

By Matt Stout and Tim Logan

A group of pro-development forces, led by one of Boston’s biggest construction unions, is marshaling resources and at least $500,000 to try to influence the mayoral race, in which housing has emerged as a major issue with little consensus on how to tackle it.

Notably, the Responsible Development Coalition, as the group calls itself, is not immediately endorsing a candidate in the six-way race, and may never. Instead, the Dorchester-based North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters and its developer partners have formed the coalition to launch a slate of television, radio, and digital ads urging candidates to sign a pledge to support “responsible real estate development . . . crucial to our future, our economy and collective quality of life.”

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