2013 Boston Mayoral Race

Candidate Interviews: Walsh And Connolly

October 30, 2013
Boston mayoral candidates John Connolly, left, Marty Walsh, right, in the WBUR studios. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

With Election Day in Boston’s first open mayoral race in a generation less than a week away, polls show an increasingly tight race between City Councilor John Connolly and state Rep. Marty Walsh.

Mattapan Often Sees Itself As An ‘Afterthought’ In Boston

October 30, 2013
Troy Elder walks his granddaughter, Soley, across Babson Street after school from the Pope John Paul II School. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Some Mattapan residents see it as the forgotten neighborhood. But despite violent crime and challenges for its large immigrant populations, it’s home to many optimists.

Connolly, Walsh Clash On Negative Campaigning

October 30, 2013
Boston mayoral candidates Marty Walsh, left, and John Connolly, in their final televised debate. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

With a week to go until the election, the mayoral hopefuls met in their final televised debate.

Listen: Final Boston Mayoral Debate

October 29, 2013

On Tuesday evening, City Councilor John Connolly and state Rep. Martin Walsh faced off in their fourth and final broadcast debate of the Boston mayoral race.

Raised In A Middle-Class Enclave, Connolly Branches Out

October 29, 2013
John Connolly, seen here canvassing earlier in the mayoral race (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The mayoral candidate looks to stitch together the city — and an electoral coalition.

Charm And Doggedness Earn Walsh Loyalty

October 28, 2013
Marty Walsh, here canvassing earlier in the mayoral race, has received the backing of several of his former opponents. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

After a lifetime of earning and showing loyalty, Walsh says despite all the endorsements and union support he’s earned in this race, he would steer clear of patronage.

Education Reform Group Ups Ad Buy For Connolly

October 25, 2013

Increasing its presence in Boston’s mayoral race, an education reform group is spending more than $250,000 to extend its television advertising campaign in support of City Councilor John Connolly.

Listen: Mayoral Debate Focusing On Minority Communities

October 24, 2013

Boston mayoral candidates John Connolly and Marty Walsh faced off in a debate Wednesday evening that focused on issues affecting the city’s communities of color.

In Hyde Park, Hopes For More Chain Retail, Liquor Licenses And Immigrant Outreach

October 23, 2013
Thien Simpson lives in Hyde Park and is the program coordinator for Hyde Park Main Streets. (Lynn Jolicoeur/WBUR)

We tour Cleary and Logan squares in Hyde Park with Thien Simpson, who works for Hyde Park Main Streets.

Education Reform Group Launches TV Ad For Connolly

October 23, 2013

Democrats for Education Reform bought time for a television advertisement supporting City Councilor At-Large John Connolly in the Boston mayoral race.

Connolly Presses Walsh On Union Ties In Debate

October 23, 2013

A class divide in the Boston mayor’s race takes center stage.

With Next Mayor, Menino’s Hyde Park Hopes For A Renaissance

October 23, 2013
The Menino wing, added in 2000, doubled the size of the Hyde Park branch of the Boston Public Library. (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)

Thomas Menino is from Hyde Park, but soon the neighborhood (and the city) will have a new mayor. Residents there are looking for the city’s next chief executive to develop Hyde Park’s business district and work on bridging cultural differences.

WBUR Poll Shows Connolly Clinging To A Narrow Lead

October 23, 2013
Rep. Marty Walsh, left, and City Councilor John Connolly (WBUR File)

A WBUR survey finds voters in the Boston mayor’s race split on lines of class and geography.

Endorsements Take Center Stage In Boston Mayor’s Race

October 21, 2013
U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, right, endorses Boston mayoral candidate Marty Walsh, left, on Monday. (Asma Khalid/WBUR)

Marty Walsh, who’s leading among endorsements by elected officials, gained another Monday: U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano. John Connolly says it’s people, not political players, who make the difference.

Poll Shows A Tight Mayoral Race

October 18, 2013
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John Connolly holds a four-point lead on Marty Walsh, according to an independent poll.

Boston Mayoral Candidates Make Case To Business Community

October 17, 2013

The business community has largely stayed on the sidelines of the mayoral race. But a downtown ballroom was packed Thursday with business leaders eager to hear what the candidates had to say.

Environmental Group Wades Into Boston Mayoral Race

October 17, 2013

The move is the start of a bid to build a more politically potent green movement in Massachusetts.

Connolly And Walsh Turn To Biography In First Televised Debate

October 16, 2013
Rep. Marty Walsh, left, and City Councilor John Connolly (WBUR File)

The mayoral candidates struggled to distinguish themselves on the issues.

Downtown Crossing: An Old District Tries To Become A New Neighborhood

October 16, 2013
Downtown Crossing is the epicenter of Boston’s social, cultural and commercial history. Since its heyday, it's seen a number of highs and lows. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston’s Downtown Crossing has a lot of history, but it’s seen a series of highs and lows since its heyday. Now, the bustling retail district is becoming more residential, and luxury housing is driving up costs in nearby neighborhoods.

Analysis: Mayoral Candidates Need To Broaden How Voters Define Them

October 15, 2013

Ahead of the Boston mayoral candidates’ first one-on-one debate Tuesday night, UMass Boston’s Paul Wantanabe discusses the state of the race.

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