Irish American Marty Walsh faces first test in bid for Mayor of Boston
Preliminary round of the elections means tough decisions in Beantown
Marty Walsh, son of Irish Immigrants, faces into one of the most exciting weeks of his political life as his bid for Mayor of Boston faces its first test as polls open for the preliminary round of the elections.
In a mayoral election the likes that have not been seen in the city of Boston for 20 years, Marty, will eagerly await the outcome of the preliminary election to find if his campaign for Mayor of Boston will continue to the ultimate election on November 5th.
Boston, once known for its strong Irish connections, has now become a city of immigrants from across the globe and this is evident in this year’s election campaign with a large and diverse field of 12 candidates seeking to replace Mayor Menino who has been in office since replacing Ray Flynn in 1993. Out of all the candidates there are only three possessing an Irish surname and Marty Walsh, is the only one that is first generation Irish, born in Boston, grew up in the inner city neighborhood of Dorchester but with both his parents from Galway, he is truly a son of Ireland.
Walsh, 46, developed a taste for politics from an early age when he would sit around the kitchen table at the family home listening to his father John and Uncle Pat, talk shop on the issues of the day. Both men belonged to the Laborers Union, Local 223, and were active in serving the community. As soon as he could, Marty followed in his father’s footsteps and became a union laborer. After having spent his life listening to discussions surrounding local politics, the labor movement and the importance of service, it came as no surprise that in 1997 Marty ran and won election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Since Labor Day, both Marty and his team of campaigners have been busy with a non-stop meet and greet of all voters in every neighborhood in the city. Despite his busy schedule, Marty is relaxed as we meet for a cup of coffee during the week. In between ordering and sitting down to chat, Marty, is approached by voters wishing to speak to him. As I have witnessed many times, Marty greets every stranger as if they were friends and it is sure thing that Walsh’s down to earth, approachable manner is reason why so many residents of the Irish community and the city are standing beside him in his bid to be elected as Mayor of Boston.
As is always the way, talk soon turns to Ireland and Walsh, whose parents are from Connemara, is extremely proud of his Irish heritage but even more so to be the "son of immigrants". Having parents that emigrated from Ireland, Walsh has had a firsthand understanding of what life is like for immigrant families in the city of Boston. Due to his upbringing, Marty, is well aware of the sacrifice and hard work that is made by immigrants so that they can create better lives for themselves, their family and for their families at home. Growing up in Dorchester, considered to be the most diverse districts in Boston, has allowed him to develop an appreciation for the important and positive contribution that immigrants from all over the world including Ireland have made to his home city and the United States and simply explains his position on the national debate surrounding immigration reform as “We are a country of immigrants and this country was built by immigrants”.
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