2013 Boston Mayoral Race

Boston Area Mayor’s Races Broke Spending Records

April 01, 2014

Finalists Martin Walsh and John Connolly reported total combined expenditures of more than $6 million in 2013. The previous record of $4.1 million was set in 2009 by Menino and Michael Flaherty.

Walsh Becomes Boston’s New Mayor

January 06, 2014
New Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has made shrinking the income gap a central focus of his young administration. But can mayors really do much about the growing gap between rich and poor? (WBUR File)

Marty Walsh began his inaugural address with a concise promise: “I will listen. I will learn. I will lead.”

Majority-Minority Boston Asks: Was Mayoral Election A Victory Or A Defeat?

December 20, 2013
From left to right, Charlotte Golar Richie, Felix Arroyo, Marty Walsh and John Barros. Golar Richie, Arroyo and Barros, former mayoral candidates, have all endorsed Marty Walsh, who will face John Connolly in the general election

Black and Latino candidates lost. But activists argue their agenda won.

Gov. Patrick To Meet With Boston Mayor-Elect Walsh

November 16, 2013

Gov. Deval Patrick is set to host Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh for a meeting at his Beacon Hill office as the state legislator continues with his transition to the chief executive officer of New England’s largest city.

Marty Walsh’s First Day As Mayor-Elect

November 06, 2013
During the campaign, Mayor-elect Marty Walsh argued that his union ties will give him a leg up in negotiations with city unions. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

WBUR’s Fred Thys speaks about what Walsh was saying the day after he won Boston’s mayoral election.

Walsh, Connolly Head Down Divergent Paths

November 06, 2013
Marty Walsh gestures to supporters at his primary election night party. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Mayor-elect Marty Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly spent the day after a hotly contested election very differently.

Menino And Walsh Meet At City Hall

November 06, 2013

The two met behind closed doors and wouldn’t discuss the details of their conversation, but Walsh said Menino offered his support and advice.

Walsh Elected The Next Mayor Of Boston

November 06, 2013
During the campaign, Mayor-elect Marty Walsh argued that his union ties will give him a leg up in negotiations with city unions. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

The state representative from Dorchester, emphasizing his blue-collar story, built a diverse coalition.

Interactive Boston Mayoral Map: Where Walsh, Connolly Won

November 06, 2013
Click here for an interactive map of the Boston mayoral election results.

See this map for precinct-by-precinct results in Boston’s mayoral race.

Photos: Boston Voters Cast Ballots

November 05, 2013
Lenor Johnson hands out leaflet to voters in front of Vine Street Community Center in Roxbury. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston voters are casting ballots in the first open mayoral election in a generation, as City Councilor John Connolly and state Rep. Marty Walsh vie to replace longtime Mayor Thomas Menino.

How It Unfolded: Walsh Is Elected Mayor

November 05, 2013
During the campaign, Mayor-elect Marty Walsh argued that his union ties will give him a leg up in negotiations with city unions. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

It’s a historic change for Boston. Martin Walsh will be the city’s next mayor, as he defeated John Connolly in a tight race.

Walsh And Connolly Campaigns Present A Stark Contrast

November 05, 2013

Supporters of both Boston mayoral candidates will be out in force Tuesday working to get their voters to the polls. As the candidates made some of their final pitches Monday night, they presented a stark contrast.

Style, Emphasis Separate Mayoral Candidates On Education

November 04, 2013

The mayoral candidates’ tussle over reform mirrors a tense national debate.

4 Key Differences Between Boston’s Mayoral Candidates

November 04, 2013
Rep. Marty Walsh, left, and City Councilor John Connolly shake hands with residents earlier in the mayoral race. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

John Connolly and Marty Walsh have struggled to distinguish themselves, at times. But there are some important differences — in policy, style and background.

Walsh And Connolly Make Final Campaign Push

November 04, 2013

In the final weekend of campaigning, voters responded to Connolly’s ideas while Walsh drew support from the personal connections he made.

Mayoral Poll: Walsh Leads Connolly By 3

November 01, 2013

It’s the second poll in a row to have state Rep. Marty Walsh leading City Councilor John Connolly.

In Shift, 2 Boston Candidates Are Open About Substance Abuse Battles

November 01, 2013

While some say that openness allows a candidate to create a story that might resonate with voters, others say it could backfire.

Poll Suggests Union Canvassing Helps Walsh To Lead

October 31, 2013

A UMass poll that gives Walsh a 7-point lead over Connolly finds that union support for Walsh could be the key to his surge.

Walsh Tops Connolly By 7 In UMass Poll

October 30, 2013

It’s the first poll of the race to show Walsh ahead of Connolly.

In Mattapan, Hopes Next Mayor Will Support Families, Children

October 30, 2013
Rashad Cope is director of the Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center in Mattapan. (Lynn Jolicoeur/WBUR)

We tour the Mattahunt Wheelock Community Center in Mattapan with its director, Rashad Cope.

Boston Mayoral Candidates Connolly, Walsh Try To Differentiate In Next Debate

October 23, 2013
John Connolly, left, and Marty Walsh, right, are vying to become the next mayor of Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Both state Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly are desperately trying to stand out in a race with few policy differences.

Arroyo Focuses On Achievement Gap, Poverty In Mayoral Bid

September 19, 2013
Felix Arroyo campaigning in Brighton. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

At-Large City Councilor Felix Arroyo was first elected four years ago. At 34 years old, he’s the youngest candidate and the only Latino in the race.

Consalvo Wants To Continue Menino Legacy Of Urban Mechanic

September 17, 2013
City Councilor Rob Consalvo (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Italian-American city councilor is looking to replace another Italian-American — Thomas Menino.

David James Wyatt, Republican Ex-Teacher, Seeks Mayor’s Office

September 12, 2013
Mayoral candidate David James Wyatt (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

We speak with David James Wyatt, a Roxbury native and a former Boston teacher.

Marty Walsh On Overcoming Challenges And Taking On Violence In Boston

September 10, 2013
Marty Walsh (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

State Rep. Marty Walsh has represented Dorchester since 1997 and joined us to discuss his experience and his vision for the future of Boston.

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