What’s 38,000 in a city of more than 655,000?
Plenty, said the campaign of Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
The campaign boasted Tuesday in a press release that it had collected 38,521 signatures. Mayoral candidates need 3,000 certified signatures to qualify for the ballot.
“We’ve seen great progress over the past three years, and there is still more work to be done,’’ Walsh said in the release, which also noted that the effort involved more than 1,000 volunteers, 1,900 hours, and 70 kick-off events that covered every corner of the city.
Walsh’s major challenger, Councilor Tito Jackson, also hailed his campaign’s effort in his quest to become mayor.
“We’re on the ballot to offer the people of the City of Boston the opportunity to choose a mayor who will uplift all of us — not just a chosen few,’’ a Jackson e-mail to supporters said.
He also took a jab at the federal probe looming over the Walsh administration, offering himself as an option to a “scandal-free government that will finally address” the needs of the people.
Jackson, who recently received a “Friend of Education Award” from the Massachusetts Teachers Association for his public opposition to the expansion of charter schools last year, has been hinting that something new might be in the works at his campaign. Could that be a new campaign manager? Charles Onwuche, the old campaign manager, stepped down last month.Meghan E. Irons can be reached at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons.