Charlestown residents will head to the polls Tuesday to pick a new mayor, vote for District 1 City Councilor and choose four of eight At-Large City Councilors.
Incumbent City Councilor Sal LaMattina will square off against challenger Brian Gannon.
During the Primary Election LaMattina, in a three-way race against Gannon and John Ribiero, came out on top with 2,627 votes in Charlestown. Gannon will have to close a huge gap with a week to go.
District wide LaMattina topped Gannon and Ribiero with an impressive 6,756 votes. The district includes Charlestown, Eastie, and the North End.
In the mayor’s race voters will choose between John Connolly and Marty Walsh. Both candidates have run strong campaigns here. Connolly has picked up some key endorsements from City Councilor Sal LaMattina and Senator Sal DiDomenico while Walsh received Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty’s endorsement. Citywide Walsh has gained ground on Connolly and some suggest the race is a dead heat. A big voter turnout will favor Connolly while a low voter turnout will favor Walsh according to political pundits.
Connolly has been impressive in the debates but Walsh’s ground support in neighborhoods has been growing. However, the momentum and bump in the polls could be attributed to a week of endorsements that made news while Connolly has comfortably been solid and consistent in his support citywide.
The At-Large race will feature incumbents Stephen Murphy and Ayanna Pressley trying to keep their seats on the council. Former At-Large Councilor and mayoral candidate Michael Flaherty will join a crop of newcomers like Charlestown’s own Jack Kelley, Michelle Wu, Martin Keogh, Jeffrey Ross and Anaissa Essalbi-George for one of the four At-Large seats.