2013 elections

Candidates hail backers, stress goals on diversity

Dorcena Forry stands with Walsh: The state senator endorsed her State House colleague in a Mattapan Square press conference. Image courtesy Walsh campaignDorcena Forry stands with Walsh: The state senator endorsed her State House colleague in a Mattapan Square press conference. Image courtesy Walsh campaignState Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly unleashed a cascade of endorsements in the last week as they continued their campaigns to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino.

With the Nov. 5 final election less than three weeks away, the candidates have largely focused on touting the support of fellow elected officials and ministers, with Walsh also locking up the support of the third-place finisher in the preliminary election, former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, whose endorsement was eagerly sought after by both men.

Both camps used their endorsement events to stress that they would diversify city government upon taking office.

Yesterday, Walsh also picked up the endorsement of state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, who represents Dorchester and South Boston, and Rev. Jeffrey Brown.  Read more

First mayoral debate mostly agreeable

Inside the WBZ-TV studios on Tuesday night, it was Dorchester vs. West Roxbury as State Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly faced off in the general mayoral election’s first televised debate. On a night when most Bostonians’ eyes and ears were locked on the Red Sox-Tigers playoff game, the faceoff was marked for the most part by a series of skirmishes between two candidates who largely agreed with each other.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 16, 2013

20 days to Nov. 5. State Rep. Marty Walsh will receive the endorsement of state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry and Jeffrey Brown in Mattapan Square this morning. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly is holding a press conference on a proposal for a law enforcement career pathway in Roxbury.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 15, 2013

21 days to Nov. 5. The first televised debate between the two finalists takes place today at 7 p.m. on WBZ. The debate will be moderated by WBZ’s Jon Keller and the Boston Globe’s Akilah Johnson.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 14, 2013

22 days to Nov. 5. One day until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly and state Rep. Marty Walsh will both make appearances on TOUCH 106.1, the station that was co-founded by one of their former rivals, Charles Clemons. The two finalists will also be in Brighton tonight, but for different events: Walsh will be holding “Mondays with Marty,” while Connolly will be with City Councillor Mark Ciommo for a meet-and-greet.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 13, 2013

23 days to Nov. 5. Two days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly and state Rep. Marty Walsh will head to churches in Mattapan and Jamaica Plain this morning. They both plan on hitting the North End's Columbus Day Parade, which Mayor Thomas Menino will kick off with a ribbon cutting at Congress and Tremont Streets. The two mayoral candidates will also be at the Irish Heritage Festival in Dorchester's Adams Corner.

THE DAY AHEAD: A list of happenings, as provided by the campaigns. Schedule entries are subject to change:  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 12, 2013

24 days to Nov. 5. Three days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. State Rep. Marty Walsh of Dorchester will hit several events in West Roxbury, while City Councillor At-Large John Connolly of West Roxbury has a few events in Dorchester.  Read more

Education reform group wades back into mayoral race for Connolly

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 11, 2013

Citing outside organizations spending over $1 million in support of state Rep. Marty Walsh's mayoral campaign, an education reform group said Friday they plan to return to the race in support of the candidate they endorsed in July, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly.  Read more

Connolly picks up support from clergy members in Roxbury

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 11, 2013

They couldn’t all fit inside the small Washington Street campaign office. So the group of a dozen or so black clergy and community members stepped outside and crowded around City Councillor At-Large John Connolly to announce their endorsement of him in the mayoral race.

Several of the ministers had been, at one point, critics of Connolly. When Connolly called on then-Superintendent Carol Johnson to step down due to her mishandling a personnel matter at the O’Bryant School, they leapt to her defense and laced into Connolly last year.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Oct. 11, 2013

25 days to Nov. 5. Four days until the first televised debate between the two finalists. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly is up 8 points over state Rep. Marty Walsh in a UMass Lowell poll released yesterday. Joshua Dyck, associate professor of political science and co-director of the Center for Public Opinion, was answering questions about the poll on Twitter.  Read more