In his first television advertisement of the mayoral general election, City Councilor John R. Connolly stuck to the script.
The 30-second ad, titled “Powerful” features the candidate’s wife, Meg Connolly, and focuses heavily on his vow to improve city schools if elected—which has been a central theme of his bid for mayor.
Connolly, who once led the council’s education committee, talks frequently about his devotion to improving the Boston Public Schools. His talk of reforms and histories of clashes with the school department brass, teachers’ union, and Mayor Thomas M. Menino have earned him ardent supporters and detractors.
The Connolly campaign estimates it has about 200 mothers working as volunteers — knocking on doors and making phone calls. On the stump, Connolly is quick to mention that his daughter Clare attends kindergarten at the Trotter School, a Dorchester public school that was once one of the worst in the city, but is now one of the best.
“I’m John Connolly, and I’ll be your education mayor,” Connolly says at the end of the ad.
Connolly’s opponent, state Rep. Martin J. Walsh, has yet to release any TV ads during the general election. However, an outside group that has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for his campaign, recently put one out on his behalf.