Walsh, Connolly battle in tight mayoral race

October 25, 2013
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With polls showing an ever-narrowing Boston mayoral race, state Rep. Marty Walsh and At-Large City Councilor John Connolly will face off in a Nov. 5 general election to replace Mayor Thomas Menino, who is stepping down after 20 years in office.

Walsh garnered about 18 percent of voters in the Sept. 24 preliminary election, while Connolly grabbed around 17 percent. The two finalists beat out 10 other candidates.

In the At-Large City Council race, Ayanna Pressley, Michael Flaherty, Annissa Essaibi George, Stephen Murphy, Jack Kelly, Martin Keogh, Jeff Ross and Michelle Wu are fighting for four available spots. The eight candidates advanced from a preliminary contest with 19 challengers.

In the District 6 City Council race, which covers most of Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury, City Councilor and JP resident Matt O’Malley fights for reelection against West Roxbury’s Luis Valerio. The two candidates did not have to battle in the preliminary election, as there were no other challengers.

In the District 4 City Council race, which covers the Woodbourne section of JP, along with parts of Roslindale, Dorchester and Mattapan, incumbent Charles Yancey goes against Terrance Williams. They beat out Steven Godrey and Divo Monteiro in the preliminary election.

Mayoral candidate John Connolly. (Courtesy Photo)

Mayoral candidate John Connolly. (Courtesy Photo)

Mayoral candidate Marty Walsh. (Courtesy Photo)

Mayoral candidate Marty Walsh. (Courtesy Photo)