Boston mayoral election - Nov. 5

Hundreds jam Strand Theatre for Walsh rally

Martin Walsh and supporters were at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester on election eve.

Jim Davis/globe staff

Martin Walsh and supporters were at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester on election eve.

Hundreds of people crammed into the Strand Theatre on Monday night, where a standing-room-only-crowd was euphoric about the prospect of what Election Day could bring for the mayoral campaign of Martin J. Walsh.

They sang “Sweet Caroline.” They waved signs in English, Spanish, and Chinese. And they chanted Walsh’s name like a battle cry: “Marty!”


The rally ended a frenetic final day of campaigning for the state representative, who faces City Councilor John R. Connolly in Tuesday’s election to succeed the city’s retiring mayor, Thomas M. Menino.

Supporters — from security guards, to community activists, to city councilors, to Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo — championed the man they said will work collaboratively to make sure all of Boston has a seat at the table during the next four years. They decried assertions that Walsh will be beholden to special interest or promised favors to win support from many of Boston’s elected officials.

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After addressing the crowd in Spanish, City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo said: “He did make me some promises. He promised me he’d make pathways out of poverty.”

To thunderous yells, Walsh ended his speech with these words: “We are going to make Boston one Boston.”

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