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Councilor tops Menino’s vote count record

State Representative Martin J. Walsh stole most of the headlines Nov. 5, when he was elected Boston’s first new mayor in 20 years. But the city marked another electoral milestone when retiring Mayor Thomas M. Menino was displaced from a second perch he had occupied for a generation.

Since 1983, Menino, a councilor before he became mayor, had held the record for most votes ever received by a district city councilor, garnering the support of 17,561 people. Earlier this month, City Councilor Matt O’Malley set a new mark, surging to 18,204 votes. O’Malley defeated challenger Luis F. Valerio with 85 percent of the vote in his district, which stretches from Jamaica Plain to West Roxbury and includes chunks of Mission Hill and Roslindale. In setting a new record, the two-term incumbent won more than twice the votes of several of his City Council colleagues.

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