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Boston mayoral race kicks into higher gear

Just 10 days before the Sept. 24 preliminary election, many of the 12 candidates dashed across the city Saturday in a flurry of campaigning as they ramped up get-out-the-vote efforts.

An already hectic Boston mayoral campaign kicked into a higher gear. On the second-to-last weekend before voters go to the polls, many of the candidates dashed from event to event Saturday for appearances in numerous neighborhoods.

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City Councilor Rob Consalvo may take the cake for the busiest weekend campaigner — seven public events Saturday and 10 planned for Sunday.

Consalvo spent Saturday criss-crossing the city, with events in West Roxbury, South Boston, Dorchester, Roslindale, Brighton and his home neighborhood of Hyde Park. He canvassed with state Representative Kevin Honan, who has endorsed Consalvo.

The councilor from Hyde Park isn’t the only candidate who has been busy.

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State Representative Martin J. Walsh had seven public events Saturday, including a morning stop at the opening day of the Parkway Youth Flag Football League. City Councilor John Connolly also had seven events, including a series of meet-and-greets (he has done more than 90 of them since May, his campaign says).

Equally busy were City Councilor Felix Arroyo (five events Saturday), Codman Square Health Center co-founder Bill Walczak (six events), and former School Committee member John Barros (also six).

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley also popped around the city, sending out photos from events in Charlestown, South Boston, Roxbury, and Brighton via his Twitter feed.

Former state representative Charlotte Golar Richie had one public event today — a rally at her Roxbury field office to announce her endorsement by former US ambassador Charles Stith. But following the event, campaign workers handed out dozens of clipboards with voter addresses and campaign literature, and urged supporters to spend the day canvassing in Roxbury.

Noticeably absent from the trail this weekend has been City Councilor Michael P. Ross, who had no campaign events Saturday as he observed the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. It was the second weekend in September that Ross, the lone Jewish candidate, has temporarily halted campaigning in observance of the high holidays.

Wesley Lowery can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @WesleyLowery.
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