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Ward 5 Dems endorse Menino

The Ward 5 Democratic Committee on Monday night endorsed Mayor Thomas Menino. The breakdown of the vote: Menino received 18 votes, City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon received 4 votes and City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty received 2 votes. South Ender Kevin McCrea didn't receive any votes, though a few committee members spoke in favor his nomination. The ward includes Back Bay, Beacon Hill and Bay Village. The vote followed an hour-long forum between the four candidates that touched on city planning and anti-crime policies, with few comments on the topic du jour, City Hall employees' deletion of emails, a possible violation of the state public records law.