Without warning, the race to succeed Tom Menino has suddenly become interesting.
The candidates have honed their performances and are trying to reach beyond their obvious geographical bases. Voters appear to be gradually tuning in. Actual issues have become part of the debate.
A few thoughts gleaned from my own observation and from campaign participants:
By consensus, state Representative Marty Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly are currently in the strongest positions.
They draw their strength from different places. Walsh not only has deep support from organized labor, but also the most passionate and committed organization, as well as a sizable geographical base in Dorchester that cannot be wrested away.
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