Politics & Government
10:58 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Martin Walsh, John Connolly Win Boston Mayoral Preliminary

State Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly, winners of the Boston mayoral preliminary election.
State Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly, winners of the Boston mayoral preliminary election.
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State Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly will face off in November's Boston mayoral general election after winning the top two spots in Tuesday's preliminary.

Walsh, of Dorchester, is widely seen as the labor candidate. He garnered 18.47 percent of the vote, according to the Boston Elections Department.

Walsh approached the podium at his party to the strains of "Shipping Up to Boston," by the Dropkick Murphys. He asked his supporters to make Boston "the Hub of opportunity."

'Tonight's a great start, but it's only a start," Walsh said. "We've got so much more to do in the next 6 weeks."

Connolly, of West Roxbury and the first to jump into the race in February before Mayor Tom Menino announced he would not seek re-election, took 17.22 percent of the vote. "I have never been so glad to be in 2nd place in my life," Connolly told supporters in a speech at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. Charlotte Golar Richie came in third with 13.77 percent of the vote, while District Attorney Dan Conley, the best-funded candidate, came in fourth with 11.32 percent.  The Boston mayoral general election will be held Tuesday, November 5.