The race for mayor | Analysis
Martin Walsh and John Connolly turn now to a mayoral general election that will force them to wrestle over Boston’s geographic middle.
While mayoral candidates of color fell short, their solid showing in the campaign is seen as another indicator of the changing Boston.
The finalists cleaned up in the city’s traditionally high-voting, heavily white wards, but have work to do elsewhere.
The two mayoral candidates who survived Boston’s fractious 12-way preliminary election moved quickly Wednesday to solidify support, lobbying their former rivals for help and reaching out to other powerful constituencies in the city.
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Walsh’s triumph in the mayoral preliminary election is another chapter in the story of a man who rose to prominence from the streets of Dorchester.
The three-term city councilor now finds himself one step closer to becoming mayor of the city where he has lived almost all his life.
After a campaign of new ideas came a pair of victories by traditional means. City Councilor John Connolly and State Rep. Martin Walsh rose above their many talented rivals by dint of organization. They proved that even in a changing city, time-honored methods of organizing — around neighborhoods, labor unions, and endorsements — still deliver votes. They also showed that voters still respond to candidates with proven track records in office and familiar names.
A younger generation prevailed in Tuesday’s preliminary election, but it will be up to Martin Walsh and John Connolly to prove they stand for something new and different.
The mayoral election won’t be an old-fashioned Boston neighborhood race but instead will be a campaign of ideas, causes, and constituencies spread across the city.
Some of the candidates who didn’t win in the preliminary election would make good Cabinet members for the new mayor.
Many campaigns have pockets of support throughout the city. See how the donations break down.
See the donations to each candidate by Boston ZIP code and neighborhood.
John Connolly and Martin Walsh have been open about discussing race, a topic that had been considered too controversial for some time.
John Connolly and Martin Walsh skirted victory parade traffic to make their closing pitches in a flurry of retail campaign stops.
The way John Connolly and Martin Walsh would execute their overhauls distinguishes the two men, who otherwise agree on many other educational issues.
Though there’s a grumbling backlash to mayoral candidate John Connolly leaning on his experience, he says it makes him unique.
So, yeah, two white guys — but John Connolly and Marty Walsh have range and depth that go way beyond the stereotypes.
All 12 brave and ambitious people contributed their hearts, souls, and ideas about the future of Boston in their bids to succeed Tom Menino.
With just over a week until the preliminary election, the field is so tightly bunched and volatile that as many as nine candidates have a plausible shot at the final.
The Sept. 24 preliminary election for mayor in Boston is expected to play out as a fierce ground war.
Out of a strong mayoral field, Barros and Connolly both have the broad perspective needed to make Boston’s common agenda their own, the Globe’s editorial board writes.
The dual endorsements from the Boston Teachers Union are expected to be finalized Wednesday during a general membership meeting.
Sept. 12, 2013
John Connolly, Charles Clemons, Michael Ross, and Rob Consalvo debated about arts and culture in Boston.