State Rep. Marty Walsh launches mayoral campaign at Dorchester event

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State Representative Martin J. Walsh gave voters a first look at his campaign for Mayor of Boston today, saying his 16 years of experience in the state legislature and background as a union organizer set him apart from a crowded field that includes at least eight candidates. In front of more than a thousand supporters who packed the Strand Theater in Dorchester, Walsh, 46, sketched a portrait of himself as an approachable everyman candidate, firmly grounded in his blue collar upbringing as the son of Irish immigrants in Dorchester.

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