City Council

By - 10/19/17 - 11:51 am

WGBH is out with a poll that claims most Boston voters feel pretty darn good about their Hub and that that should be good news for Marty Walsh's election. But if you read down more than a couple of paragraphs, you see that it's mainly whites who feel that way: Read more.

By - 10/18/17 - 11:34 am

The Herald reports the South Boston councilor is quitting right this second, because for some reason that will make it easier for him to set up a consulting business than if he waited until his term ends in January. Read more.

By - 10/6/17 - 10:05 am

CORRECTION: The candidates will have two debates after all - they agreed to a second one on Oct. 11.

After both sides agreed not to scab out at a WBZ debate, we're left with just a single mayoral debate, at WGBH's studios on the 10th (and now a second one the next night at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury). Tito asked Marty for at least four total debates. One of Marty's minions replied, basically: Yeah, right.

Speaking of Walsh opponents, John Connolly popped up this week ... Read more.

By - 10/5/17 - 9:54 pm

At an at-large city-council forum at the Roxbury ABCD tonight, activist Jamarhl Crawford was not having any of Pat Payaso's clowning around. Latoya Gayle videoed Crawford going after him - and Payaso's explanation for why Roxbury residents should take a guy dressed like him seriously.

Earlier:
Report on at-large forum in Roslindale.

By - 10/5/17 - 9:16 am

The City Council yesterday approved a measure that would require landlords of larger buildings to have a specific reason to evict tenants - and to notify the city, so it could alert tenants to their rights, WBUR reports.

By - 10/3/17 - 11:59 pm
Eight candidates for at-larg seats

Essaibi-George, DaRosa, Flaherty, Garrison, King, Payaso, Pressley, Wu.

All eight of the candidates running for at-large seats on the Boston City Council expressed reservations about the idea of Amazon building its second headquarters in Boston - with or without tax subsidies - at a forum in Roslindale tonight. Read more.

By - 9/28/17 - 9:26 am

The Walsh campaign says Hizzona has agreed to debate challenger Tito Jackson twice - once with Dan Rea on WBZ on Oct. 10 and once with Braude and Eagan on WGBH on Oct. 24. No times announced; Jackson says he's looking at other debate invitations.

Read more.

By - 9/27/17 - 8:54 am
Lydia Edwards

David Bernstein writes that the interesting news in last night's results were not in the race for mayor - which surprised no one - but in the council races, which could mean two black women joining the council in January - possibly alongside incumbent minority councilors Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu (at large) and Andrea Campbell (Dorchester). Read more.

By - 9/26/17 - 9:17 pm

UPDATED at 10:05 p.m.

Mayor Marty Walsh will face off against City Councilor Tito Jackson in the November elections, according to preliminary results from the city elections department. Jackson will his work cut out for him: Walsh is leading by a better than 2-1 margin. Read more.

By - 9/21/17 - 9:37 am

The Bay State Banner introduces us to the candidates, two of whom will survive Tuesday's preliminary to compete in November for the seat being given up by Tito Jackson.

By - 9/19/17 - 7:44 pm

The Dig posts interviews with 25 of the people running for district and at-large council seats on school issues.

By - 9/18/17 - 7:15 pm

Pat Payaso for City Council At-Large - Boston 2017 Elections

A clown calling himself or herself Pat Payaso managed to get certified for the November ballot for the four open at-large city councilor seats.

"Payaso" is Spanish for "clown." Too good to be true? Well, of course. Read more.

By - 9/11/17 - 11:46 pm
Edwards, Farmer and Passacantilli at North End forum

Edwards, Farmer and Passacantilli at North End forum.

The three candidates for the District 1 City Council seat (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) that Sal LaMattina is giving up sounded similar themes on a number of issues, including Airbnb and 4 a.m. closing times, at a forum sponsored by the North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council tonight. Read more.

By - 9/10/17 - 12:24 pm

This is the week for candidate forums in the council districts with enough candidates to warrant Sept. 26 preliminary elections. Here's a list of the forums for the races in District 1 (North End, East Boston, Charlestown), District 2 (Chinatown, South Boston, South End, downtown), District 7 (Roxbury) and District 9 (Allston/Brighton).

Going forward, I'll be updating the list with additional forums and events for the fall city elections.

By - 8/26/17 - 10:05 am

City Council President Michelle Wu, who lives in Roslindale, is kind of pissed this morning: Read more.

By - 8/25/17 - 11:37 am

Mary Berninger reports on an East Boston focused candidate forum the other night for the three candidates for the District 1 seat Sal LaMattina is giving up - Lydia Edwards, Margaret Farmer and Stephen Passacantilli

Two of the three will be selected in the September preliminaries to compete in the November final election for the two-year seat, which also represents Charlestown and the North End.

By - 8/20/17 - 7:31 pm

Roy Owens, who runs for a different office every year, this year is running for the District 7 City Council seat Tito Jackson is giving up to run for mayor. And he's come out with both guns blazing against teaching anal sex to kindergarteners, which is a position none of the other 12 candidates for the seat have publicly taken, probably because, oh, come on, seriously now? Read more.

By - 8/4/17 - 12:01 pm

Beth Treffeisen reports on a District 2 City Council forum for the candidates who want to succeed Bill Linehan in the fall elections.

By - 7/24/17 - 2:58 pm

Candidates for the District 2 (South Boston, South End, Chinatown, Downtown, Bay Village) seat now held by Bill Linehan get a chance to explain why they should succeed him at a forum Wednesday evening. Read more.

By - 7/6/17 - 11:58 am

The Bay State Banner reports on a recent forum attended by 11 of the 12 candidates for the District 7 City Council seat Tito Jackson is vacating.