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Election roundup: Riding the rapids down Boylston; adding police training at Madison Park

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The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund wants the two remaining candidates to pull a Walczak and do something to protect the city from rising seas.

Connolly yesterday called for a law-enforcement track at Madison Park High School that would include law-enforcement related classes and BPD internships - and the return of a post-high-school cadet program that was eliminated in 2010:

The law enforcement career pathway would be academically rigorous and also provide coursework in psychology, forensic science, law and ethics, government, and other subjects that are important to police officer success. Madison Park faculty members would work with retired Boston police officers to develop the curriculum.

Kitty O'Neil tallies up the endorsements by elected officials, including, of course, state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forrry, who endorsed Walsh yesterday:

As a friend, Marty has shown me that he understands the struggles that working families in Boston face on an everyday basis. As a neighbor, I've watched Marty step up to the plate each and every time our community calls. As a colleague, Marty has shown Beacon Hill that he is a leader by taking stands on issues that are not always popular but it's the right thing to do - like he did on marriage equality.

When we have needed a reliable partner, my colleagues and I have turned to Marty Walsh because he gets it. When confronted with an important issue, Marty doesn't just talk about it; he rolls up his sleeves and works until there's a solution. Whether it's a big ticket issue like education reform or something out of the public eye like making sure a landlord turns on a senior citizen's heat, Marty Walsh gets it. And he will deliver for every corner of this City as Mayor of Boston.

The South End News endorses Connolly:

John Connolly's driving political passion is to expand access to education. Marty Walsh's driving political passion is to protect workers' rights.

Marty Walsh has spent a decade fighting for a law that would strip city councils of their right to reject lopsided arbitration awards.When you fight for a living wage for janitors, as City Councilor Felix Arroyo has successfully done, that is progressive. Fighting to expand the power of municipal unions representing teachers, police, and firefighters is not progressive. In fact, it is regressive.


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