Nov. 6, 2013
Marty Walsh’s phone was ringing off the hook Tuesday night with congratulatory calls pouring in from Minneapolis to the White House. The only problem was the target of the calls wasn’t that Marty Walsh.
State Rep. Marty Walsh won the first open mayoral race in 20 years last night to become the next mayor of Boston, but when the White House, Vice President Joe Biden, the mayor of Minneapolis, and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz were looking for someone to congratulate, they called political consultant and former Edward Kennedy staffer Marty Walsh instead. Read more
State Rep. Marty Walsh of Dorchester won the mayoral race with 72,514 votes, according to unofficial numbers from the city's elections department. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly of West Roxbury received 67,606 votes. The text of his speech, delivered at the Park Plaza Hotel on Nov. 5, 2013, is below as prepared for delivery.
Thank you, Boston! Thank you!
Let me tell you, my parents had big dreams for their kids....but I'm not sure they were this big!
I am so grateful and honored for tonight's result.
Nov. 5, 2013
State Rep. Marty Walsh triumphed on Tuesday in the first open race for mayor in 30 years, multiple sources tell the Reporter. Walsh, who faced off against City Councillor At-Large John Connolly, won by about 4,000 votes, sources say.
The results end a six-week battle between Dorchester and West Roxbury in a race that became increasingly bitter as Election Day drew closer. Walsh supporters frequently derided Connolly, a 40-year-old attorney, as a “corporate lawyer,” while the Connolly camp questioned whether the 46-year-old Walsh, a longtime labor leader, could stand up to the unions while in office. Read more
1 day to Nov. 5. State Rep. Marty Walsh holds an Election Eve rally at the same place he kicked off his campaign – the Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner. He also makes appearances on Russian Radio Boston, WGBH, and the Jeff Santos Show on Revolution Boston. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly will spend Election Eve holding his own rally, canvassing with ministers and greeting voters at Roche Brothers in West Roxbury. Read more
2 days to Nov. 5. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly holds a rally with mothers -- "moms vs. the machine," per the campaign -- at the Trotter School this afternoon and then greets voters in Jamaica Plain with City Councillor Matt O'Malley. State Rep. Marty Walsh hits the Flour Bakery in the South End and then the B&G Annual Patriots Day Gala in Charlestown. Read more
3 days to Nov. 5. State Rep. Marty Walsh joins comedian John Hodgman at the Wilbur Theatre tonight. The appearance arises from Hodgman supporting Walsh’s efforts to make “Roadrunner” the official rock song of Massachusetts. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly speaks at the Four Corners Neighborhood Association meeting and then heads to the West End for an event with state Rep. Jay Livingstone, a Back Bay Democrat. Both candidates, as well as Mayor Thomas Menino, are expected to attend this afternoon’s ribbon-cutting for the East Boston branch of the Boston Public Library. Read more
The Reporter's own Gintautas Dumcius has compiled his coverage of the 2013 race for mayor into an e-book that is now available for sale. The book tracks the trajectory of the contest to replace Mayor Thomas M. Menino from its earliest days through the Sept. 24 preliminary election. It features new material— including an in-depth look at Menino's decision not to run— along with previously published Reporter articles and column items that chronicled the unfolding election season. The e-book is available for download now at Amazon.com for $1.99. Dumcius plans to publish an updated version of the book following the Nov. 5 final election. Read more
6 days to Nov. 5. State Rep. Marty Walsh will pick up the endorsement of Mel King, the former state representative who ran for mayor in 1983. King had endorsed TOUCH 106.1 FM's Charles Clemons in the preliminary. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly will also be holding an endorsement event with women in business and civic life. Joined by his wife Meg, Connolly will outline proposals supporting women workers and business owners. Read more
In a genial, low-key forum Monday night, District 2 Councilor Bill Linehan and second-time challenger Suzanne Lee agreed on a number of issues - but also stressed their differences. Read more