Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tuesday at 5 p.m. was the deadline for submitting nomination signatures to be on the ballot.
Seventeen possible Boston mayoral candidates submitted papers Tuesday before the 5 p.m. deadline at City Hall. That doesn't mean all 17 will be on the ballot in the Sept. 24 election, as 3,000 individual signatures must be certified by June 25. Twenty-four people signed out nomination papers by the May 13 deadline, which leaves seven potential candidates by the wayside following this week's cut-off. With 17 possible candidates vying for signatures across Boston, it is possible that some voters signed for multiple candidates, and signatures can only count once. First come, first served is the rule, so some signatures may be thrown out. But for now there are some heavyweights in the biggest Boston election in decades. City Councilors John …
District 5 City Councilor Rob Consalvo is a candidate for Boston mayor.
Last Thursday, when I officially announced my candidacy for Mayor of Boston, I called for reviving the Boston Compact to bring back businesses, colleges and universities, unions and non-profit organizations as partners in our efforts to improve the Boston Public Schools. The first Boston Compact was signed in 1982, back when the Boston public schools were facing a clear-cut crisis of confidence. Today, the schools are stronger and enrollment is growing. But the last Compact was signed in 2000—three years ago. A lot of things have changed since then in Boston and in the world. Thirteen years ago, the city’s labor force was 20 percent smaller, jobs required less technical skills, and Mark Zuckerberg who invented Facebook was still in high …
Monday, May 20, 2013
The at-large Boston city councillor is the first mayoral candidate to open a headquarters in the neighborhood.
Nearly 50 volunteers gathered Saturday, May 18 at 295 Main St. to open Boston mayoral candidate John Connolly's new campaign office in Charlestown. Connolly, who currently serves as at-large Boston city councillor, is the first mayoral candidate to open an office in Charlestown, according to a press release from his campaign. After the office opening, volunteers headed out into Charlestown to talk with residents about the campaign. Connolly will host a Charlestown campaign kickoff and neighborhood party on Thursday, May 30 at the Knights of Columbus. For details about that and other campaign events, visit www.connollyforboston.com.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
With the deadline up to take out nomination papers, at least two races are looking crowded. Twenty-seven people have launched runs for four at-large city council seats, including a Charlestown resident.
The deadline to sign up for nomination papers for Boston's mayoral and city council elections has passed, with 24 possible candidates for mayor. To put that in perspective, there were five total candidates in 2009's preliminary election for Boston mayor. The deadline to sign up for papers was Monday at 5 p.m., and there were no big surprises at the deadline—like Mayor Thomas Menino deciding to seek reelection. "The 24 candidates who signed up by Monday’s deadline must now gather 3,000 signatures by May 21 in order to appear on the Sept. 24 election ballot," city spokesperson Emilee Ellison said. Some possible candidates have already started to announce they're not running for office, such as Frank John Addivinola Jr. and Gene Gorman. Some…
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The outgoing Boston leader cautioned residents not to focus too much on the negative as the mayoral race heats up.
Mayor Tom Menino cautioned Boston residents not to focus on negative portrayals of the Boston Public School system as the city’s mayoral race heats up. Speaking at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new playground at Harvard-Kent Elementary School in Charlestown on May 10, Menino touted the progress public schools have made in recent years and asked residents not to allow anyone to “tear this school system down” in the coming months. “We’ve made a lot of progress in the Boston Public Schools in the last several years. It’s because of a lot of reasons—teachers, principals, the superintendent, the community—and I tell you, the graduation rate is up, dropout rates are down, more kids are going on to college,” Menino said. He spoke of how the …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The crowded field includes contenders also seeking the mayor's chair.
The mayor's race has gotten all the attention, but there are actually more people running for an at-large City Council seat this year. There are currently 25 people trying to secure the four at-large slots. Which makes sense: If Mayor Tom Menino is the keystone on Boston politics, then removing him leads to all the other stones shifting and sliding into new places. Some would-be candidates are hedging their bets, taking out nomination papers for mayor and at-large city council. Others are focused on one race. May 13 is the last day to take out nomination papers, so there's a small chance this list will grow. And there's no guarantee all 25 will return with the required signatures. For now, however, the ranks of at-large candidates are …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Democratic congressman leads the Republican businessman by 17 points.
A new Suffolk University/7NEWS (WHDH) poll shows a strong lead for Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey over Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez in the race for the U.S. Senate special election. The poll of 500 likely voters has Markey at 52 percent and Gomez at 35 percent. Eleven percent of voters in the poll were undecided. A third-party candidate, Richard Heos of the Twelve Visions Party, got 1 percent, and another 1 percent refused to respond. David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, said along with the announcement of the poll that Markey has "a large lead over his Republican opponent who voters are unsure about." Indeed, 32 percent of those polled said …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
As candidates continue to pull papers for the mayor race, some early contenders find themselves jockeying for position against their neighbors.
Five weeks ago, there was one declared candidate for mayor. John Connolly had his run of the city while current Mayor Tom Menino weighed his future. Now, fully two dozen men and women have pulled nomination papers for the mayor's race. A map of the current list of candidates finds some familiar patterns: Most candidates live toward south and center of the city, matching the city's overall population density. But that means candidates who live a mere blocks apart will tussle over the same turf and base of voter support. There are 11 candidates from Dorchester, four from Hyde Park, three from Roxbury, two from Roxbury and one each from East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill. The top two vote-getters in the primary will move on to the…
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The two will face off on June 25 in the U.S. Senate special election.
After months of campaigning we now know who is going head to head in the June 25 special U.S. Senate election. Democratic Congressman Edward Markey (D-Malden) took the Democratic vote in the Tuesday election over fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston). Political newcomer and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset came out on top of a field of Republican candidates - including more seasoned opponents former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and State Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. With a month and a half of campaigning still to come we wanted to stop and ask you this question. If the Special Election were today - who would you vote for right now? Markey or Gomez? Tell us in our comments section below.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
A look at the precinct-by-precinct results for Boston's Ward 2.
Charlestown voted with the rest of the state in selecting a Republican candidate to compete in the June 25 special state primary, but when it came to picking a Democrat, Charlestown was in the minority. Boston's Ward 2, which encompasses all of Charlestown, cast the most votes for Democrat Stephen Lynch—1,066 votes (54 percent) to 901 votes (46 percent) for Democratic opponent Ed Markey, who was declared the statewide winner with 57 percent of the state vote to Lynch's 43 percent, according to results posted on Boston.com. Citywide, Markey collected about 52 percent of the votes, while Lynch collected 47 percent. In the Republican race, Charlestown followed suit and picked Gabriel Gomez, with 167 votes (56 percent). Michael Sullivan came …