Connolly loses Boston’s Mayoral Election

By Amanda Marie Perez 11-5-13

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola) --- Image by © Elise Amendola/ /AP/Corbis

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola) — Image by © Elise Amendola/ /AP/Corbis

City Councilor John Connolly has lost the mayoral election to Martin Walsh with a larger than expected turnout. Walsh won with 72,514 votes to Connolly, who received 67,606 votes. Connolly conceded around 9:30 pm.

Connolly who has three children with his wife Meg had made school reform his top campaign priority. Despite the result, Connolly told supporters at the Westin Hotel that he wouldn’t have changed anything about his campaign.

“We came up short tonight, but I am very proud of how we ran this campaign, I would run it the same way. I was never going to go negative. I’m proud of the race that we ran,” Connolly said in his concession speech tonight with his wife right beside him.

Although he was obviously disappointed, Connolly spoke highly of his opponent, and the potential he has to be a great mayor for the city of Boston.

“I’ve known Walsh for 18 years….He’s a good man, and he will to do good things for Boston.”

When asked for the next steps in Connolly’s future, he does not see himself running again for office, and does not see a spot for himself in the Walsh administration either.