BOSTON (CBS) — Boston’s Action for Community Development held a Mayor’s Forum at their headquarters in downtown Boston last week.
Ten of the 12 mayoral candidates showed up.
Dorchester State Representative Marty Walsh was the first to arrive and talked about his top priority as Boston Mayor if he wins.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Mary Blake reports
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“The first thing I’m gonna do is have a meeting in my office to talk about, and deal with, some of the violence and crime in our city, and I’ve been telling people as I go around the city that this is an issue that I want to tackle right away, ” said Walsh.
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Upon reflection, he also added with a smile, “The first thing is probably going to be sitting there saying, Oh My God!”
Walsh is 46 years old, a former construction worker who has served in the Legislature since 1997.
He is Dorchester born and bred, a neighborhood guy.
Boston College History Professor James O’Toole said neighborhoods figure quite prominently in Boston political history.
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“Boston politics never really had the single all-powerful political machine that other cities had. Even back in the time of James Michael Curley and ‘Honey’ Fitzgerald, Boston politics was a much more fractured, more feudal kind of operation. James Curley, for example was based in Roxbury. That was his power base. He was practically nothing in Dorchester. Nobody there would vote for him because he was a Roxbury guy. The same with Patrick Kennedy, President Kennedy’s grandfather. His power base was East Boston. As soon as he …read more
Source: CBS local Boston