There are some misleading narratives about Boston’s first open mayoral election in decades. The most outlandish is this: There is no difference between the two candidates. Yes, they’re both Irish-Americans in early middle age who grew up in politically engaged families. But their priorities, loyalties, and leadership approaches couldn’t differ more.
City Councilor John Connolly, 40, is fundamentally a reformer. He frames issues in terms of desired outcomes — a simpler, fairer school assignment plan; an end to the student achievement gap; greater entrepreneurship in neighborhoods; a more innovative arts scene — and then seeks to deploy city resources in new ways.