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Boston residents pulling for brand-new mayor

Joe Dillon, a Boston municipal employee, watched the inauguration of Martin J. Walsh at Dorchester Tire Service on Monday. City residents said they want the new mayor to be aggressive with plans to reduce crime and spur job growth.
Joe Dillon, a Boston municipal employee, watched the inauguration of Martin J. Walsh at Dorchester Tire Service on Monday. City residents said they want the new mayor to be aggressive with plans to reduce crime and spur job growth.PAT GREENHOUSE/GLOBE STAFF

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As she ran errands in Dudley Square Monday morning, Dorothy Boswell kept an eye on the clock. For the first time in two decades, Boston had a new mayor, and Boswell wanted to get home to watch his inauguration speech on television.

Boswell didn’t vote for Martin J. Walsh, but is hopeful he will do well as mayor.

“If he does like Menino, he’ll be all right,” said the 80-year-old.

Across the city Monday, many echoed that sentiment, saying they were optimistic that Walsh would prove a worthy successor to the popular Menino — at least in time. They celebrated the first victory by a Dorchester native in half a century, and said they looked forward to change that lay ahead.

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