Martin Walsh, John Connolly Advance In Boston Mayor’s Race

September 25, 2013 3:40 AM
Martin Walsh, John Connolly Advance In Boston Mayor’s Race
" BOSTON (CBS/AP) — State Rep. Martin Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly have secured the two spots in the November election to succeed Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who is retiring after 20 years in office.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday’s preliminary election showed Walsh and Connolly leading 10 other candidates. Walsh had 18% and Connolly had 17%.

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Boston has had only three mayors since 1968. Menino, who took office in 1993, opted against seeking a sixth term after battling a series of health problems and hospitalizations in recent years. He voted Tuesday morning but would not say whom he chose.

The 46-year-old Walsh has attracted strong labor backing for his campaign. The Dorchester resident worked as a union laborer before being elected to the Massachusetts House in 1997.

“This is a race about who we are – about values, and about whether Boston will be a city for all its people, in every neighborhood, not just some,” Rep. Walsh said in a statement. “I’m so grateful to all the people who made tonight’s result possible "

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