Among likely voters, John Connolly leads Marty Walsh 45 percent to 37 percent, a UMass Lowell survey finds.
Some had expected the group to back state Rep. Marty Walsh.
The support could give the candidate a boost in heavily contested minority neighborhoods.
Mayoral candidate Marty Walsh is calling for stronger vocational education and Advanced Placement courses.
John Connolly leads Marty Walsh 41 to 34 percent, with 23 percent still undecided.
Menino says his goal is to ensure the city doesn’t miss a step as his 20-year term at City Hall ends on Jan. 6.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is urging the city council to reject the ruling of an arbitrator who has awarded police patrolmen a 25 percent raise over six years.
The diverse field of mayoral candidates had many thinking the “new” Boston — younger, more diverse — might elect the city’s first minority mayor. But tradition prevailed.
John Connolly is calling for a pledge to limit outside money in the contest. Martin Walsh said Connolly “flip-flopped” on it.
There’s no downtime for the finalists in Boston’s mayoral race.
During the show, we spoke with several passersby about their hopes for the city’s next mayor.
The union, which has criticized Connolly, is set to make a decision in early October.
After a rush to the preliminary, there’s little time for the candidates to rest. Walsh was already out campaigning Wednesday morning, greeting voters at the Savin Hill MBTA station.