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Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Face of change looks familiar

For the first time in 20 years, Boston voters couldn’t pull the lever for Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Change was in the air.

It delivered a face-off between Marty Walsh — a state lawmaker and longtime labor leader who is the son of Irish immigrants — and John Connolly, a 40-year-old city councilor from West Roxbury, whose father is a former secretary of state and whose mother is a retired judge.

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