Spotlight: Fast Facts About the Race to Replace Menino

By Amy Gorel, Staff Writer

Who is to replace Thomas Menino?/PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons

In case you missed it:

1. Whoever wins the Nov. 5  election and replaces Menino will be the first new mayor in 20 years.

2. Mass. Rep. Martin Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly are vying for the position.

WALSH

  • Walsh came in first in the September primaries, with 20,838 votes, or 18.47% of the votes.
  • Walsh worked as a union laborer before being elected to the House of Representatives in 1997. He continued to be active in labor union affairs.

CONNOLLY

  • Connolly came in second with 19,420 votes, or 17.22% of the votes.
  • Connolly is a former public school teacher who became city councilor. He is focusing his campaign on education and reforming Boston Public Schools.

3. Less than a third of registered voters participated in the September primary. According to Mark Trachtenberg, precinct election supervisor of the BU area, reported that less than 30 BU students voted in the primary.

  • Even though your license might not say Massachusetts, you could still register to vote here since you will be living here for at least four years of your life.

http://dailyfreepress.com/2013/09/25/politicians-struggle-to-get-students-involved-in-elections/

4. Connolly has a slight advantage over Walsh in preliminary polls, but the race is close:  http://www.wbur.org/2013/10/18/elm-mayor-poll

5. November 5 is election day! The municipal election will determine the mayor, city councilors at-large and district city councillors will be. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Though its too late to register for this election (needed to be done by Oct. 16), you could still prepare for future Massachusetts elections by registering here
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