BOSTON (WHDH/AP) — Voters in Boston have re-elected Marty Walsh to a second term as mayor.
Walsh defeated City Councilor Tito Jackson on Tuesday after a low-key campaign. Election officials reported relatively light voter turnout in most of the city’s precincts in the nonpartisan contest.
The mayor addressed supporters in Boston and thanked the city. “I would not be here without strong women in my life,” added Walsh.
Walsh’s first four years in office have brought more economic development to portions of Boston including the Seaport district. City and state officials lured General Electric to move its corporate headquarters from Fairfield, Connecticut, to Boston last year.
Walsh was criticized in some quarters for originally supporting Boston’s aborted bid to land the 2024 Olympics.
Jackson was vying to become the city’s first black mayor. He argued too many people were being priced out of Boston by soaring rents and property values.
Walsh had earned 66 percent of the vote, with 99 percent of precincts reporting as of 10:30 p.m.
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