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Baker, O’Toole triumph in City Council race

Frank Baker and John K. O’Toole triumphed today in a hard-fought preliminary election for an open City Council seat representing the heart of Dorchester, finishing first and second in a field of seven candidates.

Baker, a 43-year-old former city worker, topped the ticket, capturing 31 percent of the vote and as he performed exceptionally well in his home neighborhood of Savin Hill.

“People believed in me. They believed in my message,’’ Baker said last night. “I left my job to campaign full time because I’m going to do this job full time. People are looking for someone who is going to work hard and be responsive.

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In the final election for District 3 on Nov. 8, Baker will face O’Toole, a 47-year old realtor and union plumber, who won 25 percent of the vote with the help of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s election machine.

“The numbers are showing we had support throughout the whole district,’’ O’Toole said last night. “We’re going to go to work tomorrow. A big portion of Ward 16 [in southern Dorchester] was split. Those are votes to be had. I look forward to building bridges.’’

Narrowly missing the cut for final election was Craig Galvin, 41, who owns a real estate firm on Neponset Avenue. Galvin and had raised more money than all the other candidates. Galvin received 23 percent of the vote in the preliminary election to replace City Councilor Maureen E. Feeney, who has held the seat since 1993 but did not run for reelection.

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