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Voters To Decide Boston & Dozens Of Other Mass. Mayoral Races

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BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of communities across Massachusetts are set to hold municipal elections next week.

One of the premier races Tuesday will be the mayoral contest in Boston to choose a successor to longtime Mayor Thomas Menino, who opted not to seek re-election.

State Rep. Martin Walsh, a favorite of organized labor, and City Councilor John Connolly, a former teacher who has focused on education in his campaign, are hoping to lead the state’s largest city.

The two took the top slots in a crowded September preliminary that included a dozen candidates.

There are several other closely watched mayoral races including in Lawrence where beleaguered Mayor William Lantigua is seeking another term.

Also Tuesday, voters in the 2nd Hampden-Hampshire District will choose a candidate to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of state Sen. Michael Knapik.

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