For John R. Connolly, Saturday brought the opening of two field offices and a long slate of marches, parades, and galas. For Martin J. Walsh, the sunny day included a memorial run/walk, a ribbon-cutting at a Dorchester catering business, and a small meet-and-greet with voters in Jamaica Plain.
While both candidates have kept hectic schedules since becoming the Boston mayoral race’s two finalists, Saturday marked a first for the general election campaign: a full day of retail campaigning.
Ultimately, both candidates ended up scrapping or rearranging large chunks of their itineraries — as is the nature of retail politicking. Yet, Saturday’s public schedules looked much more like the event-filled scrambles that were common during the preliminary and less like the sometimes sparse public event lists the two candidates have circulated in recent days.
Walsh began his day in Mission Hill at the annual road race held in memory of Kevin W. Fitzgerald, a former state representative and friend of Walsh’s who died of cancer in 2007.
He then hit a series of events in Dorchester — visiting members of a union chapter that had recently endorsed him and attending the opening of Handy Person Catering, a minority-owned business in Adams Corner — before heading to Jamaica Plain for a gathering hosted at the home of supporters who wanted to introduce their neighbors to their candidate.
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