by Jackie Roman 11-6-13
It is official. Marty Walsh will be Boston’s new mayor.
Tonight the Massachusetts House Representative from Dorchester won the close election again City Councilor John Connolly.
After Connolly conceded defeat, Walsh claimed victory with 52 percent of the votes. He will be replacing Mayor Tom Menino who is retiring after holding the seat for two decades.
Senior consultant for the Walsh campaign, Michael Goldman, told WEBN he was “pretty confident” that Walsh’s message got through to voters. Goldman expressed confidence that his candidate has “the ability to improve the city” and as the room buzzed with optimism it was evident he was not alone in this belief.
Suporter Lauren Maloney has been a part of Walsh’s political career since she was just twelve years old. Now a grown woman, Maloney said she “can’t wait to see what he does.”
As the votes came in and Walsh began to pull ahead of Connolly, the Boston Park Plaza swelled with enthusiasm. Louis Delucca, a part of the campaign since the very beginning, told WEBN that Walsh was filled with “honesty, humility” and just what Boston needs.
Marty Walsh is a former president of the Building and Construction Trades Council and is also a founding member of the Neighborhood House Public Charter School. He currently holds position as the MA House Chair of the Ethics Committee.
Before formally adding Boston Mayor-elect to his resume, Walsh danced to upbeat Irish music with the crowd that gathered in the Boston Park Plaza. Seizing the lively energy of the room, Walsh gave an impassioned speech.
“I know this won’t be easy, but Boston’s ready and I am too.”
Confetti and wild cheers followed, signaling the beginning of a new political era for Bosto