Congratulations to Marty Walsh and to John Connolly for running honorable campaigns for a big job. They are both special people who care deeply about the city and who care enough to give their all for the opportunity to serve the city.
Special congratulations to Marty for winning. I was neutral in the race and have great respect for both candidates, but I do have some personal experience with Marty as a legislator. I have found him to be a straight shooter — quick, genial and empathetic — someone who stays calm in situations of conflict and someone who works with a broad range of people. I think those qualities will serve him well as Mayor. I very much look forward to collaborating with him in service of the city and the region. There are lots of interests we share — from transportation and education to helping people in poverty and people in recovery. I expect him to be an excellent partner in responding to local concerns