Two finalists emerged Tuesday night from a crowded field of contenders seeking to succeed longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
State Representative Martin Walsh, a favorite of organized labor, and City Councilor John Connolly, a former teacher, received the most votes out of 12 candidates in the city’s preliminary election. With 18 percent and 17 percent of the vote, respectively, the two Democrats will face each other again on Nov. 5 to see who gets Menino’s office. Boston elections are nonpartisan and the two top vote-getters in preliminary elections go on to the final contest.
Menino, a larger-than-life figure in Boston politics since he was elected in 1993, is not seeking reelection.