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Meet The Boston Mayoral Candidates

On Nov. 5, Boston will elect its first new mayor in 20 years. See below for biographies and profiles of the two final candidates, City Councilor John Connolly and state Rep. Martin Walsh. And see here for our square-by-square series, and here for our full race coverage.

NOTES: We’ve updated this post after the preliminary election winnowed the field of candidates from 12 to two; those 10 other candidates can be found below Connolly and Walsh. Information was provided by the candidates’ campaigns, and compiled by Erika Lantz.

John Connolly John Connolly
Marty Walsh Marty Walsh
Felix Arroyo Felix Arroyo
John Barros John Barros
Charles Clemons Charles Clemons
Daniel Conley Daniel Conley
Robert Consalvo Robert Consalvo
Charlotte Golar Richie Charlotte Golar Richie
Michael Ross Michael Ross
Bill Walczak Bill Walczak
David James Wyatt David James Wyatt
Charles Yancey Charles Yancey
John Connolly

John Connolly

Democrat 40 years old
  • Neighborhood: West Roxbury
  • Grew Up In: Boston - Roslindale
  • Education: J.D. from Boston College Law School; B.A. in government from Harvard University
  • Occupation: At-large city councilor
  • Family: Married to wife Meg, with three children
  • Prior experience: Partner, Schofield, Campbell, & Connolly; associate, Hanify & King, P.C.; associate, Ropes & Gray LLP; middle school teacher, Boston Renaissance Charter School; middle school teacher/summer academics director, Nativity Mission School, New York City
  • WBUR Interview On Oct. 30
  • Profile: Raised In A Middle-Class Enclave, Connolly Branches Out
Marty Walsh

Marty Walsh

Democrat 46 years old
  • Neighborhood: Dorchester
  • Grew Up In: Boston - Dorchester
  • Education: B.A. in social science from Boston College
  • Occupation: State representative, 13th Suffolk District
  • Family: Partner Lorrie Higgins and her daughter
  • Prior experience: President, Boston Building Trades; member, Laborers Local; board member, Gavin Foundation; board member, Neighborhood House Charter School
  • WBUR Interview On Oct. 30
  • Profile: Charm And Doggedness Earn Walsh Loyalty
Felix Arroyo

Felix Arroyo

Democrat 34 years old
John Barros

John Barros

Democrat 40 years old
Charles Clemons

Charles Clemons

Democrat 52 years old
  • Neighborhood: Dorchester
  • Grew Up In: Boston - Roxbury
  • Education: Boston University (no degree)
  • Occupation: General manager/host, TOUCH 106.1-FM
  • Family: Married with seven children
  • Prior experience: Boston Police officer; correctional officer, Suffolk County House of Corrections; owner/operator, First Choice Limousine Service
  • Interview: Clemons On Closing The Achievement Gap And Revamping The BRA
Daniel Conley

Daniel Conley

Democrat 54 years old
Robert Consalvo

Robert Consalvo

Democrat 44 years old
Charlotte Golar Richie

Charlotte Golar Richie

Democrat 54 years old
  • Neighborhood: Dorchester
  • Grew Up In: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Education: M.B.A. from Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management; M.S. from Columbia School of Journalism; B.A. in English from Rutgers University
  • Occupation: Senior vice president for public policy, advocacy & government relations, YouthBuild USA
  • Family: Married to husband Winston Richie, with two children
  • Prior experience: Executive director of the Deval Patrick Committee; governor’s senior advisor for federal, state and community Affairs; chief of housing and director of the Department of Neighborhood Development; state representative for the Fifth Suffolk District; chair and founding board member of Boston’s Higher Ground; External Advisory Board member of the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy; member of the Haiti Fund Advisory Council; U.S. Peace Corps volunteer
  • Interview: Golar Richie On Housing, Improving Schools And Crime
  • Profile: Amid Critique, Golar Richie Runs On Biography
Michael Ross

Michael Ross

Democrat 41 years old
Bill Walczak

Bill Walczak

Democrat 59 years old
David James Wyatt

David James Wyatt

Republican 59 years old
  • Neighborhood: Roxbury
  • Grew Up In: Boston - Roxbury
  • Education: Master's in education from Boston State College (now University of Massachusetts, Boston); B.A. in English from Boston State College
  • Occupation: Courier, City Express; delivery, Gem Auto Parts
  • Family: Single
  • Prior experience: Delivery, Finish Master, Inc.; delivery, The Boston Herald; teacher, Madison Park High School, Boston Latin Academy, Umana-Barnes Middle School, Charlestown High School, West Roxbury High School; staff seminarian, First United Baptist Church in Lowell; custodian, First Baptist Church in Boston
  • Interview: Wyatt, Republican Ex-Teacher, Seeks Mayor’s Office
Charles Yancey

Charles Yancey

Democrat 64 years old
  • Neighborhood: Dorchester
  • Grew Up In: Boston - Roxbury
  • Education: Master's in public administration from Harvard University; honorary doctor of laws degree from Mount Ida College; B.A. in economics from Tufts University
  • Occupation: City councilor, District 4
  • Family: Married to wife Marzetta, with four children
  • Prior experience: Boston city councilor
  • Interview: Yancey On Charter Schools, Casinos, Public Transit And Jobs
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