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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

Reporter editor publishes book on mayoral race

This Way to City HallThis Way to City HallThe 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

The Dorchester connection: Walsh, Connolly promise to pursue jobs, new businesses

One will be the new mayor: John Connolly and Marty Walsh Photo by Chris LovettOne will be the new mayor: John Connolly and Marty Walsh Photo by Chris Lovett  Read more

Issues set off sparks in second mayoral debate

Second mayoral debate: City Councillor John Connolly, left, and State Rep. Marty Walsh are shown on the set of a televised debate held at WGBH studios in Allston on Tuesday evening. Photo by Meredith Nierman/WGBH NewsSecond mayoral debate: City Councillor John Connolly, left, and State Rep. Marty Walsh are shown on the set of a televised debate held at WGBH studios in Allston on Tuesday evening. Photo by Meredith Nierman/WGBH News

State Rep. Marty Walsh’s union ties and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s background as an attorney were an early focus of the second televised debate between the two mayoral candidates as they scrapped with each other two weeks before the Nov. 5 election.

The debate opened with Margery Eagan, who co-moderated the WGBH-sponsored debate with Jim Braude, pointing out that an independent, pro-union group had sent out a flyer slamming Connolly as a “son of privilege.” Said Walsh: “When I heard that piece went out, I was very upset about it,” adding that he put out a statement condemning the flyer and personally called Connolly.  Read more

Latest poll shows dead heat in Mayor's race

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Oct. 23, 2013

Rep. Martin Walsh of Dorchester has shrunk his opponent’s lead in the mayoral race to within the margin of error, as Boston City Councilor John Connolly of West Roxbury edged Walsh in a recent poll, 41-39.

The numbers were closer - 35-34 - when the 503 likely voters were polled on their initial preference and not pressed to say which candidate they were leaning towards.  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

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

#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