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Election roundup: New endorsement for Walsh, debate notes

Just in: The Walsh campaign has scheduled a 12:15 p.m. endorsement by state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry in Mattapan Square. Comes the day after the Bay State Banner endorsed Connolly because, basically, unions.

Mass. Live and the Globe provide the debate basics; the Globe concludes these two guys came across as pretty similar. Or as the Herald put it: Gloves stay on in punchless debate.

David Bernstein called the debate a nice dress rehersal for the rest of the debates, also poses the question of whether Walsh peaked in the preliminary, concludes, maybe, maybe not.

Planned Parenthood says it likes what it hears from both candidates:

By making an unequivocal show of support for access to comprehensive sexuality education, John Connolly and Martin Walsh have indicated to Boston voters that they are committed to protecting the health of our city’s young people.

The Herald reports the Catholic Church is gearing up to fight the proposed Suffolk Downs casino.

Suzanne Lee says she's been endorsed by United Auto Workers MA Region 9A, and Right To The City Vote Boston in her race against incumbent District 2 Councilor Bill Linehan.

It's a good thing Frank Addivinola didn't make it into the at-large finals, because now the West End resident won't have to decide between running for the council and for Congress - he won the Republican primary to run for Ed Markey's old seat - in a district he doesn't live in. He'll run against state Sen. Katherine Clark.



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The Banner's rationale is pretty tired. Yes, Marty Walsh is the labor guy— we get it.
That's actually a good thing for communities of color, something that Forry, Barros, Richie, Arroyo all seem to grasp.
Walsh will HAVE to deliver not only city services but open up these trades in a meaningful way to the whole city, especially black constituents. Not just apprentices programs, either. Real jobs and real leadership slots within the various trades. It's an important new front in this town and he's the key to it.
If Walsh fails to deliver, he's screwed and any one of those four pols— or someone else like an Ayanna Pressley— could take him out in a head-to-head.
Connolly is good, Walsh is better when it comes to opening up city govt AND the trades for these neighborhoods that have been left out for too long.

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Walsh is the union candidate, but he certainly doesn't have any hard control over any of the unions other than his. He can promise the moon to people in the CoC, but being mayor doesn't give him any real leverage to actual make this happen, does it? I guess he could try to require all permitted projects of a certain size to hire a percentage of city residents, but I'm not sure that's workable.

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I grew up in Savin Hill the product of a Bi racial parents in the 1980s. Marty Walsh was two years older than me, we grew up in Savin Hill at the same time and hung out with many of the same friends. It was not easy growing up there at that time especially with your skin tone being different than everyone elses. I can honestly say it seems like the man has matured way beyond his youth.

There were many times when Marty and his friends would hang out on the corner of Savin Hill Ave and crack racial jokes and literally make fun of anyone who walked by that looked any different than white irish/polish or italian decent. Granted this was Boston in the Mid 80′s but still. Marty was in the thick of it, always with the group on the corner and always cracking those racial jokes that everyone would laugh at. It was hard for anybody growing up there at that time that looked different than those corner crews. There were a few of us who didn’t think the taunting was funny, but everybody put up with it as it was suppose to be normal. Savin Hill and Boston in general has changed for the better and thank God. You know who else has change from the better Marty Walsh. He seems to have matured from his racially insensitive youth. He showed courage in the Gay marriage fight and has reached out to minorities but the scars from his teenage and early 20 years are hard to erase for those who grew up with a different skin color only a few streets away.

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