Hundreds jam Strand Theatre for election eve rally for Walsh

11/04/13: Boston, MA: An election eve rally for Boston mayoral candidate Marty Walsh was held Monday night at the Strand Theatre on Columbia Road in Dorchester. It wasa= crowded on stage as well as in the audience as the preliminary speakers did their thing. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) section: metro topic: 05campaignpic
Supporters of Martin J. Walsh crowded the audience and stage area at the rally Monday night in Dorchester.
Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Hundreds of people crammed into the Strand Theatre on Monday night, where a standing-room-only-crowd was euphoric about the prospect of what Election Day could bring for the mayoral campaign of Martin J. Walsh.

They sang “Sweet Caroline.” They waved signs in English, Spanish, and Chinese. And they chanted Walsh’s name like a battle cry: “Marty!”

The rally ended a frenetic final day of campaigning for the state representative, who faces City Councilor John R. Connolly in Tuesday’s election to succeed the city’s retiring mayor, Thomas M. Menino.

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Supporters—from security guards, to community activists, to city councilors, to Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo—championed the man they said will work collaboratively to make sure all of Boston has a seat at the table during the next four years. They decried assertions that Walsh will be beholden to special interest or promised favors to win support from many of Boston’s elected officials.

After addressing the crowd in Spanish, City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo said: “He did make me some promises. He promised me he’d make pathways out of poverty.”

To thunderous yells, Walsh ended his speech with these words: “We are going to make Boston one Boston.”