Martin Walsh

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

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

Former rivals agree: Walsh the one for mayor

Team of Rivals: John Barros, left, and City Councillor Felix Arroyo, right, endorsed State Rep. Marty Walsh’s candidacy for mayor of Boston during a press conference in Egleston Square on Tuesday morning. Photo by Paul MarottaTeam of Rivals: John Barros, left, and City Councillor Felix Arroyo, right, endorsed State Rep. Marty Walsh’s candidacy for mayor of Boston during a press conference in Egleston Square on Tuesday morning. Photo by Paul Marotta

State Rep. Marty Walsh this week picked up the support of two former rivals and a Democratic ward committee in his pursuit of the mayor’s office while City Councillor At-Large John Connolly received backing from East Boston Councillor Sal LaMattina, one of Walsh’s State House colleagues, and a ward committee.

On Tuesday, Walsh locked hands with City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo and former School Committee member John Barros and raised them high as the three politicians stood united in front of a bank of television cameras, “Martin Walsh for Mayor” stickers on their lapels, in a small park in Egleston Square. Because of their status and influence in communities of color, the Arroyo and Barros endorsements were eagerly sought after by both mayoral finalists. In the preliminary, Arroyo came in fifth, with 8.77 percent of the vote, while Barros received 8.1 percent, placing sixth.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 27, 2013

39 days to Nov. 5. The first issue the finalists have decided to spar over became clear yesterday: The Boston version of the People’s Pledge, an attempt to limit the influence of outside groups that was first proposed by Republican Scott Brown and modified by City Councillor Rob Consalvo. The pledge was so wildly popular with voters that Consalvo placed seventh out of twelve in the preliminary.  Read more

Back on Hill, Walsh pledges to "keep it positive"

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Sep. 25, 2013

Fresh off his Boston mayoral preliminary election win, Rep. Marty Walsh began the next stage of his campaign on Wednesday, shaking hands outside the Savin Hill T stop and making calls to business leaders to seek their support, including Patriots owner Robert Kraft.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 25, 2013

41 days to the Nov. 5 final. State Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly start a sprint to the finish on Wednesday after receiving the most votes out of a field of 12. Both have their day jobs to attend to: On Beacon Hill, the state Legislature will be in full formal session in the afternoon and likely take up a tech tax repeal bill. A new member of the Dorchester delegation will be sworn in as well: Dan Cullinane, who won the 12th Suffolk House seat in a Sept. 10 special election. Inside City Hall, the 13-member Council will meet at noon.  Read more

Polls open as candidates make last-minute bids for votes

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 24, 2013

Decision Day: State Rep. Marty Walsh greeted a voter outside of the Cristo Rey School on Savin Hill Ave. this morning. Photo by Bill ForryDecision Day: State Rep. Marty Walsh greeted a voter outside of the Cristo Rey School on Savin Hill Ave. this morning. Photo by Bill Forry

Dorchester state Rep. Marty Walsh planned to greet voters outside McKenna’s Café, down the street from his Tuttle Street home in Savin Hill, as polls opened at 7 a.m. across the city. About 7 miles away, District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo was scheduled to cast his vote at the Blake Estates on Hyde Park Ave. And three miles away from there, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly was set to greet voters at about 7:30 a.m. at St. George Orthodox Church in West Roxbury.

Preliminary election: Bill Walczak, with his daughter Elizabeth, highlighted his opposition to a casino in Boston on his election day signage. The two are shown outside the Cristo Rey School where the candidate voted this morning. Photo by Bill ForryPreliminary election: Bill Walczak, with his daughter Elizabeth, highlighted his opposition to a casino in Boston on his election day signage. The two are shown outside the Cristo Rey School where the candidate voted this morning. Photo by Bill Forry

Nine other candidates have similar schedules. For the first time in 30 years, the municipal ballot will not include the name Thomas Menino. Twelve names will be there instead, along with dozens of candidates looking to snag a City Council at-large slot or a district seat. Today’s preliminary will whittle the field of mayoral candidates to two, and the number of at-large candidates to eight.

Barros on Bowdoin: Candidate John Barros greeted a voter outside of the Pasciucco Apartments on Tuesday. Photo by Bill ForryBarros on Bowdoin: Candidate John Barros greeted a voter outside of the Pasciucco Apartments on Tuesday. Photo by Bill ForryPolls in the last week have shown what appears to be the solidification of a top tier, as many political observers had predicted months ago: Connolly and Walsh, two candidates who have been running for mayor longer than the other major contenders in the field; Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley, who started with a significant cash advantage; and former Dorchester state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, the lone woman in the race and a former aide to Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick.

But the campaigns of the other contenders will argue they have a fair shot at the final, too, because of the high number of undecided voters that could break their way, the polls undercounting their supporters, or their below-the-radar ground game. The rest of the field includes Consalvo, former School Committee member John Barros, District 5 Councillor Michael Ross, City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo, and Savin Hill activist Bill Walczak. District 4 Councillor Charles Yancey is running for mayor and his council seat. TOUCH 106.1 FM’s Charles Clemons and Roxbury Republican David James Wyatt are also on the ballot.

Secretary Bill Galvin, who oversees the state’s elections department, predicted that turnout will be higher than in the 2009 preliminary, when Menino faced off against two city councillors at-large and a South End activist. That year, 82,000 voters showed up at the polls. Galvin said turnout could be around 100,000 this year, and possibly as high as 125,000, depending on the intensity of interest in the race.

Richie on the Trail: The candidate is shown with supporters Dennis and Eddie Callahan in Charlestown this morning. Photo courtesy Richie campaignRichie on the Trail: The candidate is shown with supporters Dennis and Eddie Callahan in Charlestown this morning. Photo courtesy Richie campaign
The intensity of candidates’ campaigns is another matter: Galvin expressed concern that voters will have to run a “gauntlet” of campaign supporters attempting to influence voters on their way into their polling place. Galvin said the law forbidding campaigning within 150 feet of a polling location will be enforced. The race for mayor has been largely congenial, Galvin said. “I want to make sure it has a congenial ending.”

In the South End on Sunday, City Councillor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo canvassed with state Rep. Byron Rushing, running into a corner store and a hair salon and chatting up voters inside. They came upon one home with one bumper sticker after the other pasted onto her door, from Jesse Jackson’s run for president, Mel King’s run for Congress, to Rushing’s campaigns for state representative. “Let me tell you, I’m an old lady. I’ve been voting since I’ve been allowed to,” said the bumper stickers’ owner, Beverly Adams, as Arroyo placed a sticker with his name on the door.

Seeing Arroyo with Rushing helped win her over, she said. “I remember when his dad first ran,” she said, referring to Felix D. Arroyo, who also served on the City Council. “He’s charming. He’s personable. And I think he means what he says.”  Read more