Marty Walsh was elected the new Mayor of Boston Tuesday night. Citywide Walsh received 72,514 votes to Connolly’s 67,606 votes.
In Charlestown however Connolly bested Walsh 3,213 to 2,305. Here Connolly got the backing of City Councilor Sal LaMattina and Senator Sal DiDomenico. State Representative Eugene O’Flaherty was the sole Charlestown pol to back Walsh.
Walsh will become only the fourth Mayor of Boston in nearly half a century and replace Boston’s longest serving Mayor, Thomas Menino, in January.
At his victory party he said he would work for opportunity, “because every woman, man and child deserves a chance; community — because that’s the strength of this city; equality —because everybody gets ahead, not just some.”
LaMattina, who was reelected Tuesday night said he looks forward to working with Walsh and tackling the issues facing Charlestown.
“I congratulate the new Mayor-elect on running a good campaign,” said LaMattina. “This is an exciting time as we welcome a new mayor and a new vision for Boston.”
“Having worked with Representative Walsh for over a decade, I have witnessed his strong work ethic, compassion and dedication to the city of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts on many occasions. I believe he will be a strong leader and a great Mayor,” said State Representative Eugene L. O’Flaherty.