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Politics

Political upbringing

First to get into race, John Connolly stresses education

The last seven months have been a whirlwind for John Connolly, the three-term city councilor who now finds himself one step closer to becoming mayor of the city where he has lived almost all his life.

Once considered a daring council member gone rogue, he was the first candidate to jump into the race and the only one to declare his intentions before Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the 20-year incumbent, announced he would not seek a sixth term.

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