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Boston Mayoral Candidates Seek Votes On Last Weekend Before Election

By Paul Burton, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) — On Tuesday, the city will elect its first new mayor in 20 years.

The two men who want to claim the corner office at City Hall have little time to sway voters. This weekend it was handshakes, high fives, and hugs taking place all over Boston.

“No sleep. I am non-stop and talking to as many voters as I can,” mayoral candidate John Connolly said.

Both candidates criss-crossed the city trying to drum up last-minute undecided voters.

State Rep. Marty Walsh, a favorite of organized labor, was in West Roxbury greeting shoppers like Annie Kinkead of Mattapan.

“I have a lot of concerns like our schools. They need a lot of improvements,” Kinkead said.

Walsh says wherever he goes, he’s hearing the same concerns. “Economic development, education and public safety are the issues that resonate with all of the voters,” Walsh said.

City Councilor and former teacher John Connolly, who is running on a platform centered on education, took part in a candlelight vigil in Roxbury. “This is about a lot of issues but the main issue is education. That connects with safer neighborhoods, economic development and more jobs,” he said.

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