The last seven months have been a whirlwind for John Connolly, the three-term City Councilor who now finds himself one step closer to becoming mayor of the city where he has lived almost all his life.
Once considered a daring council member gone rogue, he was the first candidate to jump into the race and the only one to declare his intentions before Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the 20-year incumbent, announced he would not seek a sixth term.
“I got in this race at a time when I thought I would be squaring off with Mayor Menino,” Connolly told a crowded ballroom at a campaign rally earlier this month. “We are a better city for 20 years of his leadership...but at the same time, as we move into the future, we will face new challenges.”
Pushing a message of stronger schools for every Boston child while often remaining lighthearted and self-deprecating on the campaign trail, Connolly sat at or near the top of every poll conducted during the preliminary race. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.