It’s Connolly Vs. Walsh
The preliminary election results for Boston mayor and city council are in.
Marty Walsh and John Connolly took the most votes and won the chance to face each other in a general election this November. At the end of the night, it was a mostly unsurprising result in the preliminary election for Boston mayor.
According to the city’s unofficial tally, Walsh actually bested Connolly, who polls showed to be the narrow favorite, with about 18.5 percent of the vote. Connolly took 17.2 percent. Further behind them were the Charlotte Golar Richie, with 13.8 percent and Dan Conley, with 11.3 percent. Though the final order of those four was always bit up in the air, late polling showed them to be distinctly ahead in a crowded field. As it turned out, those polls in aggregate offered a pretty reasonable picture of the race.
Meanwhile, in the at-large city council race, in which 19 candidates competed for eight spots in the final election to choose four councillors, things, again, went as expected. Incumbents Ayanna Pressley and Stephen Murphy, along with former councilor Michael Flaherty took the top three spots. Newcomer Michelle Wu, a Warren campaign veteran, came in fourth. The next candidate after Wu had barely half her share of the vote, making it unlikely we’ll see someone other than those first four on the City Council, but for now, they are Martin J. Keogh, Jeffrey Michael Ross, Annissa Essaibi-George, Jack F. Kelly III, and Catherine M. O’Neill. Get to know them, and the district council candidates who survived their races, by reading their conversations with our own David Bernstein. You have until November, but we imagine you’ll be hearing their names a few times before then.