Walsh, Connolly will face off for Boston mayor
BOSTON — State Rep. Martin Walsh and Boston City Councilor John Connolly will square off in the November election to succeed longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
Unofficial returns from voting in Tuesday’s preliminary election showed Walsh and Connolly leading ten other candidates. Menino opted against seeking a sixth term after battling health problems in recent years. Boston has had only three mayors since 1968.
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.
Connolly, a 40-year-old father of three, has made education the central focus of his campaign. He was the only candidate to declare his intention to run for mayor before the popular Menino announced he was retiring.