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Politics

From Labor to Politics

Path carries Martin Walsh closer to his dream

State Representative Martin J. Walsh grew up on Taft Street in Dorchester, the son of Irish immigrants in a family defined by blue-collar work and Catholic faith.

He followed a well-worn family path into Laborers Local 223, the union of his father and uncle. Walsh’s first memory of politics was as a boy, when his uncle was running in a union election. He was struck by the bumper stickers.

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