New faces will surround Boston Mayor-elect Walsh

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January 3, 2014, 11:39 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) -  For 20 years, the city of Boston has been shaped and influenced not only by Mayor Tom Menino, but by the people who have surrounded him.

There is his cabinet, of course. There is also the mayor's family - his wife Angela kept a very low profile, but his daughter, Susan Fenton, an event planner, and his son, Tom Junior, a Boston Police officer, have been known to have a close hold on the Mayor's ear.
With Mayor-elect Marty Walsh getting ready to take over, many are watching to see who his inner circle will include, both inside and outside City Hall - the faces of the so-called "new Boston."

"Certainly, there's bound to be a new and higher level of diversity in the Walsh administration," said Suffolk University Vice President John Nucci. "It was a major campaign promise. He received enormous support from the minority community, which he didn't expect to get, I believe, when he went into this race - but he got it, and it was key."

Nucci, a former Boston City Councilor, points out that Walsh made three of his former opponents, all minorities, key members of his transition team - Charlotte Golar Richie, John Barros and Felix Arroyo.

There will likely be a place for at least one, if not all three, of them in his administration.

Campaign advisor and advance man Tom Keady, a Boston College Vice President, likely won't be in the administration, but will have a direct line to the mayor, as will campaign advisors Matty O'Neil and Michael Goldman, both political consultants, and public relations specialist Joyce Linehan, now a member of the transition team.

And there are Beacon Hill players from Boston who have now been elevated by the Walsh Win, like Dorchester Rep. Linda Dorcena-Forry.

And then there is the role that Marty's friends and family will play in the "new Boston."

That includes his longtime girlfriend, Lorrie Higgins.

Finally, it's not just individuals, but groups of people that will play a significant role in shaping Boston.

That includes many in the gay community that got behind Walsh for his support of same sex marriage. It includes the addicted community, which sees Walsh, a recovering alcoholic, as a hero for his dedication to their cause.

The unions rallied hugely around Walsh, a former labor leader, during the campaign, though Nucci says he doesn't think they will have undue influence as some Walsh opponents fear.

If history proves itself, Marty Walsh and his inner circle could be running Boston for a long time. Since 1968, the city has had only three Mayors.

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