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2 dozen apply to run for mayor, but only half are expected to make the September ballot

Boston Massachusetts 05/04/20 State Rep.Martin J. Walsh (cq) announced that he his running for Mayor of Boston at an event at the Strand Theater in Dorchester. The candidate on stage during speech.( Jonathan.Wiggs )Topic:Section:Reporter: Topic: Reporter:
State Rep. Martin J. Walsh, who announced his mayoral intentions in Dorchester earlier this month at the Strand Theater in Dorchester, is the latest person to declare candidacy.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

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They are career politicians and neophytes, influential community organizers and persistent gadflies, radio station founders and a justice of the peace.

They are almost entirely men and come disproportionately from a handful of neighborhoods, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, and Dorchester.

The next mayor of Boston will be one of the two dozen people who signed up for nomination papers by the deadline Monday. Time has run out for any last minute surprises.

None of the mayoral hopefuls hail from the salons of business power. There are no heroes from the response to the Boston Marathon bombings. And there are no prodigal sons returning home from Washington to capture City Hall.

A generation of pent-up political ambition burst in late March when Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced he would not seek reelection.

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