Friday, May 31, 2013
More than 200 residents turned out Thursday to hear Boston mayoral candidate John Connolly speak.
More than 200 Charlestown residents gathered Thursday night at the Knights of Columbus Hall to hear city councilor and mayoral candidate John Connolly speak about his vision for Boston’s future. Paul Scapicchio, who represented Charlestown, East Boston and the North End as a city councilor from 1998 to 2006, announced his support for Connolly at the event. "John is an outstanding person. He is caring, sincere and intelligent, he surrounds himself with smart and hard working people and has a vision for building upon Boston's strength; our people. I am proud to support John," Scapicchio said. On May 18, Connolly opened a second campaign field office on Main Street in Charlestown. — Submitted by Martha Bixby
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 …
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 …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The mayor will be at Charlestown's John Harvard Mall on May 10.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will host the 15th annual Neighborhood Coffee Hour Series in local parks citywide from May 8 to June 3. The Charlestown meetup will be held Friday, May 10 at John Harvard Mall, 29 Harvard St. from 9:30-10:30 a.m. The Neighborhood Coffee Hours give residents an opportunity to speak directly with the mayor about open space and other needs in their neighborhoods. Through these one-on-one discussions and a suggestion box at each site, Menino looks forward to hearing how the City of Boston can improve upon local parks, public areas, and city services. All participants will enjoy coffee and breakfast treats provided by Dunkin’ Donuts and fresh fruit from Whole Foods Market…
Sunday, April 14, 2013
The Boston mayor fractured his distal fibula after twisting his ankle on Friday.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is recovering after undergoing surgery on Saturday to repair a leg fracture. The injury occurred Friday while Menino was visiting a school in Dorchester. The mayor twisted his ankle and fractured his distal fibula—the smaller of two bones in his lower right leg, 7 News Boston reported. Menino underwent surgery Saturday morning at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The surgery involved the placement of a plate and screws to fix the broken bone, 7 News reported. The mayor sent out an update on his Twitter account on Monday at around noon, writing: “Thanks to all for well wishes. Surgery to repair fracture of distal fibula went well & without complication. Mayor is resting comfortably.” Menino will be wearing a walking …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and former state rep Charlotte Golar Richie are both considering running for Boston mayor. Either candidate would be the first prominent female candidate in the race.
At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who topped the citywide at-large race two years ago, is still considering a run for Boston mayor, she told the Boston Herald. Also, seriously considering getting into the race is former state representative Charlotte Golar Richie, currently the senior vice president for public policy, advocacy and government relations for YouthBuild USA. If Pressley or Richie were to run, either would be the first prominent female mayoral candidate. So far city councilors Felix Arroyo, Mike Ross, Rob Consalvo and John Connolly, have all announced they're running for mayor. State Rep. Martin Walsh and District Attorney Dan Conley are also two of the more prominent candidates.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The District 8 representative joins fellow city councilors John Connolly, Felix Arroyo and Rob Consalvo as announced candidates.
District 8 City Councilor Mike Ross announced his candidacy for Boston mayor on Thursday. "This week, our Red Sox returned for their home opener, providing Bostonians with a surge of hope, optimism and renewal. Every year on Opening Day, I think back to 13 years ago, during my earliest days as a city councilor, when a small group of us stood together against powerful forces to save Fenway Park. All of Boston won that fight and look at the neighborhood today," Ross wrote via a new website for his mayoral candidacy. "Today, in that same spirit of community activism and determination to continue building a better Boston, I am announcing that I will be getting into the race for mayor," Ross added. First elected in 1999, he has represented …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo has entered his name into Boston’s crowded race to become the next mayor.
Standing in front of a wall lined with supporters, another city councilor announced Tuesday morning he would be running for mayor. City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo officially entered his name into the race at a press conference at SEIU Local 615 on Tuesday morning. If elected, Arroyo, who lives in Jamaica Plain, would be Boston’s first Latino mayor. Arroyo answered a few questions from the media, including one about his campaign’s approach. “I will have the strongest grassroots campaign, powered by committed volunteers and funded by small donors, that’s [...] the only way that I would want to win, and that’s exactly how I will govern,” he said. Arroyo has been an organizer advocating for workers’ rights at SEIU 16.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Bill Walczak co-founded the Codman Square Health Center and Codman Academy Charter Public School.
Longtime Dorchester community organizer Bill Walczak has announced that he is running for Boston mayor, adding his name to a growing list of candidates. Walczak co-founded the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester and is the president of the Codman Academy Charter Public School, which he also founded, according to the Boston Globe. “We have a really good group of candidates; they’re all really good people,” Walczak told the Globe. “It’s going to be a sprint, and I look forward to the discussions we’re going to have about the future of the city.” Walczak is also vice president at Shawmut Design and Construction, where he has represented the company before government and community groups.