• Poll: City Councilor John Connolly leads pack, 9 others close behind


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – City Councilor John R. Connolly currently holds a slight edge over his mayoral competitors, reports a new Boston Globe poll; however, the same poll says the race is tight and as many as nine others have a shot at being elected Mayor of Boston.

    According to the Boston Globe's poll, Connolly registered 13 percent and is only slightly ahead of former city housing chief Charlotte Golar Richie, who scored 9 percent. Rep. Martin J. Walsh and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley each registered at 8 percent.

    The "front-runners" are trailed narrowly by City Councilor Rob Consalvo (with 6 percent); political newcomer John F. Barros, City Councilors Felix G. Arroyo and Michael P. Ross (each with 5 percent); political newcomer Bill Walczak (4 percent); City Councilor Charles C. Yancey (2 percent); Charles L. Clemons Jr. (1 percent); and David James Wyatt (below 1 percent), reports the newspaper.

    Given the large amount of lesser known candidates and the fact this is the first open race for mayor in a generation, it is clear the electorate is having a hard time choosing a candidate to succeed Mayor Tom Menino, who has held the office for 20 years.

    The poll, which surveyed a total of 411 likely voters from Sept. 5 through Sept. 12, also found the most important issue facing Boston is crime and violence followed by school quality.

    A preliminary election is being held Sept. 24.

    For more information: Boston Globe

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