Nine days before Boston voters choose the city’s next mayor, John R. Connolly and Martin J. Walsh visited churches and an Islamic cultural center — and Walsh stopped by a synagogue — in a day of campaigning that pivoted on speaking to faith groups.
Both candidates hoping to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino attended Boston church services Sunday morning and gathered in the evening for an interfaith organization’s event at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury.
At the Roxbury forum organized by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and the Massachusetts Minority Contractors’ Association, the candidates, appearing separately, were peppered with questions and asked to make pledges about what they would do if elected mayor.
Among the actions they agreed to support, Connolly and Walsh committed to pushing to limit handgun sales to one per person per month, to increasing city support for women- and minority-owned businesses, and to turning Roxbury’s Dearborn School into a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics academy.
In front of a diverse audience of more than 200 people, each candidate said yes to each of the organizations’ “asks,” receiving hearty applause.
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