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Civility takes center stage in the campaign for mayor

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At this stage in a campaign, politicians are known for going for the jugular, especially in a tight race and with the end in sight.

But not these mayoral rivals.

For the most part, everyone has been, well, nice.

“We’re friends,’’ said state Representative Martin J. Walsh. “We’ve known each for a long time.”

One only needs to look to the bruises that remain from the scrap that was the New York mayoral primary to see how nasty campaigns can get. But here in Boston, most of the hopefuls consider themselves pals, not rivals. Some have known each other for years, worked together, and were acquainted in some form or fashion.

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