Walsh, Connolly come out on top in Boston's preliminary mayoral election

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September 25, 2013, 9:30 am
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(NECN: Justin Michaels) - Wednesday marks 42 days until the Nov. 5 general election for the city of Boston will do something it hasn't done for 20 years, pick a mayor other than Tom Menino.

Tuesday's preliminary mayoral election dwindled the field of 12 candidates down to two. State Representative Martin Walsh and City Counselor John Connolly will be on the ballot come Nov. 5.

Walsh said, "So I ask you one more time, are you ready to take it with me?!"

Walsh is a favorite of organized labor/ The 46-year-old was a union laborer before being elected to the Massachusetts House back in 1997.

He said, "For more opportunity. For equality. And community. These are my values, these are your value. These are Boston's values."

Connolly, a 40-year-old former teacher, has focused his campaign on public education.

Connolly said, "The best way to bind the Boston together is to give every child a high-quality education because when we do that we gave every child in every family a future."

Connolly was the only candidate who actually entered the race for mayor before Tom Menino even announced he wouldn't be running again.

He said, "When Bostonian's see their neighbors in need we come to their aid."

To break down the numbers, Walsh garnered 18-percent of the votes with nearly 21,000 votes while Connolly collected nearly 19,500, giving him 17-percent of those who voted Tuesday.

So now it's onto November. Winning the support of the unsuccessful 10 candidates and also the voters in each neighborhood in this city will mean success for either Walsh or Connolly.

Tags: Boston, Tom Menino, Mayor , election, Marty Walsh, Dan Connolly, mayoral race, Justin Michaels, preliminary
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