2013 elections

Walsh sits with Menino, gets warm reception in House

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Nov. 6, 2013

Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh and Mayor Thomas M. Menino meet in Menino's office on Nov. 6, 2013. Photo courtesy Menino's office

Fresh off a 3.5-point victory for mayor of Boston, Rep. Martin Walsh addressed reporters Wednesday, saying he would announce appointments to his transition team as early as Friday and had received congratulations and advice from Mayor Tom Menino.

"A lot of people are going to be coming at you. You have a lot of friends now. He said just, you know, be careful and move forward," Walsh recounted at a Boston Common press conference Wednesday afternoon. Walsh said the mayor of more than 20 years told him to keep the people of the city foremost in his mind and "stay connected."  Read more

White House calls the wrong Marty Walsh

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
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

Walsh's Victory Speech

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!

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.

It's Mayor-elect Marty Walsh; Dorchester rep wins by three points

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 5, 2013

Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh celebrated his victory on Tuesday night at the Park Plaza.: Photo by Chris LovettMayor-elect Martin J. Walsh celebrated his victory on Tuesday night at the Park Plaza.: Photo by Chris LovettState 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

As polls open, Walsh and Connolly hit the campaign trail one more time

Polls opened at 7 a.m. in the race to replace Mayor Thomas Menino, who opted against attempting a sixth campaign for the top job in City Hall. The two finalists, Dorchester state Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly of West Roxbury, plan to sprint across the city in last-minute jockeying before polls close at 8 p.m.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Nov. 5, 2013

Today is Election Day. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 150 locations across the city. The front pages of the Boston Herald and the Globe are available here. The weather forecast for today is "mostly sunny" with highs in mid-40s, according to Boston.com.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Nov. 4, 2013

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

#BosMayor Round-Up: Nov. 3, 2013

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

#BosMayor Round-Up: Nov. 2, 2013

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

#BosMayor Round-Up: Nov. 1, 2013

4 days to Nov. 5. Boston Herald-Suffolk University poll out this morning has State Rep. Marty Walsh up by 3, with City Councillor At-Large John Connolly at 43 percent. The poll (no link available because results are being broadcast on the newspaper's internet radio station) had 555 likely voters. Both camps are likely to be dismissive of the poll. Expect to hear "the only poll that matters is the one on Election Day" constantly. Later today: Connolly picks up the endorsement of former rival Charles Clemons, who co-founded the low-frequency station TOUCH 106.1 FM.  Read more