Voters to head to polls Tuesday in Boston mayoral race

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September 23, 2013, 10:25 pm
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(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Boston) - "I need to do some research tonight online. There are so many candidates, I haven't made a decision and everybody I know is going for somebody else," said undecided voter Colleen Pentland Lally.
There are many things that have been said about Tuesday's preliminary election in Boston to replace 20-year Mayor Tom Menino, but one thing you can't say is that there aren't enough choices.

Look at it this way: Reveal your hand or not, there's one for each day of Christmas, a full box of donuts, or a bar of blues.

But only two of that dozen candidates will rise to the top in fewer than 24 hours.

"I'm down to Barros and Connolly," said Jon Sproul of Charlestown.

Sunday, hopefuls paraded their message to the public, one day later it may have looked like they were phoning it in, but they were pressing the flesh all day long.

The game changed when Ed Davis announced he is resigning as police commissioner after seven years. The next mayor will choose his replacement.

He or she will also have a significant hand in a decision on an East Boston Casino, and about the city's schools, the topic du jour in Charlestown.

"The upcoming education decisions in the city, because I'm of the age of potentially starting a family. That would probably be the top priority right now," said undecided voter Matt McKenna.

"I just like his educational plans and general things that he's going to do for the city. So yeah, I'm going to vote for John (Connolly) tomorrow," said Inna Podshivalova of Charlestown.

And in Dorchester, the issues top of mind for would-be voters ran the gamut, with decision making time just hours away.

"Housing is very important in this area and also crime," said Anne Marie Wamba who is voting for Dan Conley.

"Make sure everybody has jobs and stuff like that. Housing and stuff, affordable housing," said Timmy Smith, who is undecided.

"I vote for John Connolly. He promised to help public schools," said Lam Dong.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m., and turnout is hard to predict - as will be two winners.

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