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He is the boy who wore a wig to school when his hair fell out from chemotherapy, the college dropout who went back for his degree in his 40s, the recovering alcoholic who took a bullet to the leg after a long night of drinking.
The struggles that shaped Martin J. Walsh’s life also helped him become the next mayor of Boston, allowing him to bond with a diverse array of voters in a city that prizes resiliency and the ability to recover from adversity.
His rise to power was fueled by the upward arc of his biography, by the story he told of a working-class kid from Savin Hill whose battles help him relate to the ordeals faced by people from Mattapan to Hyde Park.