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Why Marty Walsh won

You wrote that “surfing a wave of union backing, [Marty] Walsh won” the Boston mayoral election. Walsh could not have won with just union backing (especially since most Boston teachers didn’t support him during the preliminary because of his support for raising the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts). He won because three of his top preliminary challengers—one black woman, one Latino and one Cape Verdean—got on board to support him. As a progressive, white, retired history teacher, I supported Felix Arroyo in the preliminary, but held my nose and voted for Walsh in the final. I’m hopeful that he’ll rethink his stand on public education, and I wish him well.

Maureen O'Connor

Boston, MA

Nov 26 2013 - 8:25pm

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