Boston mayoral candidates make push before preliminary election

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September 22, 2013, 6:45 pm
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(NECN: John Moroney) - Less than 48 hours before Boston's preliminary election for mayor, the candidates are talking up their experience and vision for the city.

"I do have a vision for what I'd like to see in the city, and I'd like us to unite around some of these problems that we faced that feel intractable," said Charlotte Golar Richie.

"People are really responding to our message around transforming Boston public schools, how that connects to all the success of the city," said John Connolly. "So we're feeling good. We feel a lot of momentum."

The annual Allston-Brighton Parade attracted many of the 12 candidates looking to become Boston's next CEO.

"I think it's important to elect somebody or put somebody on the final that has a record, a proven record of accomplishment," said Marty Walsh. "Whether it's around economic development, public safety, housing, education. I have the record on all those things."

"We have 20 years of great work to stand on from what Tom Menino has done. But we have a new set of challenges and problems and opportunities that we have to seize. We have to take advantage of it right now," said Mike Ross.

The candidates all have different backgrounds, making for an interesting race, and a difficult one for voters when the polls open Tuesday.
"The real difference between me and all the other candidates in the field is my background in independent leadership, fiscal responsibility, managing a big agency," said Dan Conley.

"Boston can and should be a city that everyone has opportunities in, where we create pathways out of poverty and into the middle class for the one in five Bostonians who live in poverty," said Felix Arroyo.

Tags: Boston, massachusetts, Mayor Menino, Tom Menino, Mayor , Allston, Brighton, John Moroney, Felix Arroyo, Marty Walsh, Dan Conley, John Connolly, mayoral race, Charlotte Golar Richie, Mike Ross, Allston-Brighton, Allston-Brighton Parade
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