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    Mayoral candidates say they’ve collected thousands of signatures for ballot

    Boston-01/13/2017- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh put his arm around Tito Jackson as they posed in a group photo at the annual MLK Breakfast at the Roxbury YMCA. Jackson announced Thursday that he will run against Walsh for Mayor of Boston. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe(metro)
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    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and City Councilor Tito Jacison are among the candidates running for mayor.

    It didn’t take long for the two top mayoral candidates to start playing the numbers game following the first day of collecting signatures to make the fall ballot.

    Mayoral candidates must get 3,000 signatures from registered voters and submit them to Boston election officials by May 23.

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh said his team of 500 volunteers collected 12,317 signatures in under 10 hours, according to an e-mail his campaign sent Wednesday morning.


    His top opponent, Councilor Tito Jackson, said his team collected more than 3,000 signatures in 10 hours on Tuesday, when the signature papers became available.

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    Both candidates declared success and urged their volunteers to keep on working.

    “This is about more than just getting on the ballot -- it’s about talking to every Bostonian about what they care about, and how they want to see their city move forward,” Walsh’s e-mail said. “Whether you sign your name or not, I want to hear what you have to say. As always, I will listen, I will learn, and I will lead.”

    “THIS is what momentum looks like,’’ wrote Jackson, adding that his campaign has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from voters.

    “The people of Boston told us they thirst for a transparent, open, scandal-free government that will finally address rising rents and displacement, fully fund our world-class public schools, and provide economic opportunity for every one of us,’’ he wrote. “A Jackson Administration will uplift all people.”


    Both candidates have said they aim to make the campaign about the issues. But in an interesting power play, Walsh went straight to Dudley Square on Tuesday evening to collect signatures near the front of Jackson’s campaign office.

    At one point, the two men stood side by side.

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