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Walsh launches run for mayor of Boston

State Representative Martin J. Walsh gave voters a first look at his campaign for mayor of Boston on Saturday, saying his 16 years of experience in the Legislature and background as a union organizer set him apart from a crowded field that includes at least eight candidates.

In front of more than 1,000 supporters who packed the Strand Theatre in Dorchester, Walsh, 46, sketched a portrait of himself as an approachable everyman candidate, firmly grounded in his blue-collar upbringing as the son of Irish immigrants in Dorchester.

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