Connolly on Thursday looked to amplify his popularity in the area, holding a press conference outside the West Roxbury branch of the Boston Public Library with local supporters.
Consalvo said he was unworried by the crowded swath of the city, citing his tenure there as a district councilor and frequent attendance at community events.
“We’re going to come screaming out of our base,” he said. Consalvo also locked up the backing of state Senator Anthony Petruccelli, an East Boston Democrat.
Conley said he was not worried by the heavy concentration of rivals close to where he lives. “It really does not concern me about who else is in the field or where they live,” he said.
Just as Walsh could derive an electoral advantage from geography, if a female or minority candidate emerged, he or she would enjoy status as an alternative to four candidates who will likely struggle to differentiate themselves as political figures in a landscape dominated for decades by Menino.
Mel King, a longtime activist and former state representative who finished second to Raymond Flynn in the 1983 mayor’s race, said that, ultimately, identity politics would play less of a role than the contenders’ ideas and messages.
“It doesn’t matter who the candidates are,” said King. “We can keep talking about whether they reflect this or that. Do they reflect the politics of community and inclusion?”