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Zakim wins District 8 Boston City Council seat over Nichols

Zakim wins District 8 Boston City Council seat over Nichols

On the same day as a historic mayoral election, attorney and small business owner Josh Zakim defeated Michael Nichols, research director for the City Council, to claim former mayoral candidate Michael Ross’s District 8 City Council seat. Zakim, whose platform was focused mostly on education, took 52.5 percent of votes, or 4,485 votes, and Nichols received 46.9 percent, or 4,005 […]

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Martin Walsh narrowly defeats John Connolly in Boston mayoral race

Martin Walsh narrowly defeats John Connolly in Boston mayoral race

After two decades of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Mass. Rep. Martin Walsh was elected mayor of Boston over City Councilor John Connolly Tuesday in one of the closest elections in the history of the city. Walsh received 51.55 percent of the vote, or 72,514 votes, and Connolly garnered 48.06 percent, or 67,606 votes, according to results from the Boston Elections Commission. “Thank […]

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Boston mayoral race sees greater voter turnout than 2009 election

Voter turnout on Tuesday was higher than in past elections as residents decided the most competitive mayoral race Boston has seen in 20 years. The election had a 40.19 percent participation rate from the 372,064 registered voters, up from the last mayoral election in 2009, which saw a 31.19 percent participation rate. Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh won 51.55 percent of the vote, a […]

Josh Zakim victorious over Michael Nichols in District 8 race

Attorney and small business owner Josh Zakim defeated attorney Michael Nichols in the District 8 City Council race to fill former District 8 Councilor Michael Ross. With all precincts reporting, Zakim received 52.52 percent of the votes, or 4,485 votes. Nichols garnered 46.90 percent, or 4,005 votes. More details to come.

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East Boston casino vote fails

Voters denied permission to construct a casino on the Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston and Revere on a ballot question Tuesday. About 56.02 percent of voters, or 4,281 people, cast their votes against allowing Suffolk Downs to proceed with plans to construct a casino. 43.92 percent of voters, or 3,353 people, voted yes with 100 percent of precincts reporting. […]

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Martin Walsh defeats John Connolly in narrow mayoral election

Mass. Rep. Martin Walsh narrowly defeated City Councilor John Connolly to become Boston’s first new mayor in 20 years. With all precincts reported, Walsh received 51.55 percent of the vote, or 72,514 votes and Connolly garnered 48.06 percent or 67,606 votes, according to results from the Boston Elections Commission. Walsh will take office on Jan. 6, marking the end of Boston […]

Mayoral candidates scramble for last-minute votes

Mayoral candidates scramble for last-minute votes

In the final stretch of campaigning for mayor of Boston, Mass. Rep. Martin Walsh and City Councilor John Connolly continued their efforts to gain as many undecided and last minute voters as they can with less than 24 hours until the election. Both campaigns said that they are continuing their ground efforts to gain as much support as possible for their candidate […]

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Candidates discuss city official appointments in final mayoral debate

Candidates discuss city official appointments in final mayoral debate

In the final debate of the mayoral race before the election on Tuesday, City Councilor John Connolly and Mass. Rep. Martin Walsh talked about some of the most important decisions they would make as mayor, including selecting a new superintendent for Boston Public Schools and a new police commissioner for the Boston Police Department. R.D. Sahl, journalism professor at Boston University, […]

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Michael Nichols uses experience to move ahead in District 8 City Council race

Michael Nichols uses experience to move ahead in District 8 City Council race

This is the third part in a series of profiles about the candidates facing off in the Nov. 5 election. In addition to the mayoral election, the District 8 race for City Council is also in full swing. Attorney Michael Nichols is running against lawyer Josh Zakim to fill former mayoral candidate Michael Ross’s seat, with his campaign focusing on using his […]

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John Connolly encourages college students to stay in Hub

John Connolly encourages college students to stay in Hub

This is the second part in a series of profiles about the candidates facing off in the Nov. 5 election. City Councilor John Connolly, running to be the next mayor of Boston against Mass. Rep. Martin Walsh, has focused his campaign on education in order to keep college students in Boston after they graduate and to make children in the Boston Public […]

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