You'd think somebody like John Nucci would be familiar with Boston neighborhoods. After all, he spent several years on the School Committee and then got himself elected an at-large city councilor. He used to work for ABCD. Most recently, he served on the committee that came up with a new BPS school-assignment system. And yet, in a column today in the Herald on why suburbanites... Read more
Peter Gelzinis explains why first we'll see a race to sew up geographical areas (West Roxbury/Hyde Park/JP vs. Dorchester) and the "progressive minority vote," then, after the preliminary shrinks a field of 10 or 12 down to 2, we can get down to actual issues. Also, Gareth Saunders needs to consider whether he wants to join Althea Garrison and Roy Owens in the League... Read more
The Globe reports on support for mayoral candidate Charlotte Golar Richie among people like state Reps. Michael Moran (Allston/Brighton) and Aaron Michlewitz (North End).
Mike Ball comes away impressed from Rob Consalvo's kickoff rally in JP, although he says he needs to flesh out his proposed agenda:
So far, no one in the race has advanced either a brilliant slogan or a revolutionary platform. Rob's catchphrase Making Boston Better is more than adequate. He simply has to convince enough voters that he can pull that off, that he... Read more
Some people try to visit all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. Others vow to eat at every single burger place in Boston. Googiebaba has decided to try to meet all 24 people running for mayor of Boston. She starts with DA Dan Conley, whom she met one rainy Saturday while she and her two kids were on the side of the West... Read more
Reuben Kantor, who worked for Ross when Ross served as city council president, sent out e-mail today announcing he'll be working as Bill Walczak's campaign manager:
I got my start in Boston politics back in 2005 when I became the Boston organizer for another first time candidate for office - Deval Patrick. Hardly anyone knew who he was back then, but we traveled across the... Read more
Thousands of local peace activists marched in support of peace and anti-violence this morning at the 17th Annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace. The event took place in Dorchester on 5/12/13. This raw video footage is near the end of the march on Geneva Avenue as peace activists marched towards the conclusion of the march at... Read more
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports on a gathering of nine mayoral candidates at a forum sponsored by the West Roxbury Courthouse Neighborhood Association.
The candidates were mostly non-specific in their answers regarding plans for improving the city, sticking to generalities like "bringing people together," "broadening opportunities" and "improving schools," though Arroyo brought up his proposed "Invest in Boston" bill, which would invest Bostonâ€™s money... Read more
Felix Arroyo's campaign seems to have "Si Se Puede" as its theme song. Well, if his campaign can have one, maybe other mayoral campaigns could come up with one, too. But campaign staffers likely have other work on their minds, so what follows are just a few ideas.
Let's see if we can have fun with this. Got one to offer? If you decide to... Read more
Hassan Williams of Roxbury, a one-time Democrat who now considers himself a Republican, has filed papers with the state for a campaign committee to run for mayor this fall.
Williams ran as a Democrat against state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz in the 2011 primary.
John Barros, who has served on the School Committee for three years, will announce his candidacy for mayor tomorrow morning at the Haley House in Roxbury.
Barros is also executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative.
Ed. conflict of interest note: I've done Web work for DSNI.
The Dorchester Reporter gets the scoop on the Dorchester resident who is a former state rep and aide to the current mayor.
The Globe's Andrew Ryan tweets that the first person to take out papers for mayor today was Althea Garrison. She now needs to collect 3,000 signatures to get on the preliminary ballot.
The Globe reports Charlotte Golar Richie of Dorchester is thinking of running for mayor because, well, why not?
If elected, she would be our first black woman mayor from Brooklyn. If she runs, she'll be competing against, among others, Mike Ross, who would be our first Jewish mayor, Will Dorcena, who would be our first Haitian-American mayor, Felix Arroyo, who would be our first... Read more
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... Read more
State Rep. Marty Walsh of Dorchester today finally officially announced his bid for mayor in the fall elections. His campaign says he already has $200,000 in the bank, with commitments for $400,000 more in donations.
His press release:
Rep. Martin J. Walsh formally announced today that he is running for Mayor of Boston. "I love this city - its people, its institutions, its traditions and... Read more