John Barros

By - 10/8/13 - 12:09 pm

Former Mayoral Candidates John Barros and Felix Arroyo endorsed Martin Walsh for Boston Mayor today. Inclinations why these endorsements occurred had to do with Arroyo supporting Walsh because of his union support and Barros supporting Walsh due to his differences with Connolly regarding the Boston Public School system and Barros being a former School committee member.

I expect Charlotte Golar Richie to endorse Connolly later in the week which will neutralize the impact of these endorsements.

By - 9/15/13 - 12:39 pm

The Globe reports that with a little more than a week to go, nearly a third of voters still haven't settled on a mayoral candidate to fill in an oval for. Among candidates who actually say things at forums, John Connolly has a tiny lead.

By - 9/15/13 - 9:28 am

The ever tightening race for Boston Mayor has taken a new twist as Former State Representative and Former Menino and Deval Patrick Lieutenant Charlotte Golar Richie has surged into 2nd place in a new Boston Globe Poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire with a plus or minus 4.8% margin of error.

By - 9/11/13 - 9:26 am

The Globe reports on a forum in Dorchster last night, in which Barros, former head of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, compared the law-enforcement response to the Amy Lord murder with the response to murders in Roxbury.

By - 9/9/13 - 10:46 pm

In a debate that at times devolved into an incomprehensible roar as moderators did little to try to keep order, 11 candidates offered their opinions on everything from a casino vote to education. David Wyatt also attended, but spoke only during the two times he was asked a direct question.

Casino vote

John Connolly said East Boston residents will be hit far harder by a potential casino than anybody else, so they should be the ones to vote.

Dan Conley, however, says all Bostonians should vote. "It will affect our character, our culture and it needs a citywide vote." Almost said he opposed the casino when he compared it to the proposal to move the Red Sox to the South Boston waterfront. "Can you imagine if that had happened?"

Bill Walczak opposed the casino, period, called it "a public health disaster."

Charlotte Golar Richie didn't say who she feels about the vote - although she said she would oppose ramming a casino down East Boston's throat if it voted against it and the rest of the city voted for it, but said she would take some casino revenue and use it for crime prevention.

By - 9/6/13 - 8:23 am

Seems that instead of unifying the black community around a single candidate, a closed-door meeting of elders may have only fractured it.

The Golar Richie campaign yesterday issued a statement denying involvement in the effort to get certain candidates (who happen to be named Yancey, Clemons and Wyatt) to drop out:

No one from the Charlotte Golar Richie Campaign attended the event, nor did Charlotte or the campaign have any affiliation with the event or the individuals involved.

By - 8/29/13 - 12:21 pm

Mike Ross says he's with the striking fast-food workers:

This morning, I stood with striking fast food workers in support of their efforts to fight for higher wages. I want to make Boston the best city in America in which to do business, but I also want to make sure that all of those businesses pay a living wage and treat their employees fairly. Strong communities are filled with people who can provide for themselves and their families.

By - 8/28/13 - 10:31 am

UPDATE: Herald says it's changed the time of its forum to "accommodate a scheduling conflict by some candidates," which is certainly an artful way to put it.

Marty Walsh, John Barros and Bill Walczak say that on the evening of Sept. 9, they'll be honoring their commitments and appearing at a mayoral forum sponsored by MassCreative, which was announced weeks ago, rather than the forum announced just yesterday by the Herald, Suffolk University and NECN.

Walsh, who has a top advisor who's pretty well known in local arts and entertainment circles, tweeted:

By - 7/18/13 - 3:30 pm

John Connolly today unveiled a plan under which every high school in the city would be paired with local busineses, colleges and trade unions or community organizations to better prepare students for the work world:

Each high school would work with its partners to develop a college pathway and a vocational pathway focused on a specific industry or academic field. The partners would help develop curriculum, provide internships to students, and offer resources and people to assist teachers in implementing the curriculum, and allow the use of their facilities for learning.

By - 7/11/13 - 8:00 pm

*The following is the ballot order for the September 24, 2013 Preliminary Election for Boston Mayor:

1. Charles L Clemons Jr

2. Bill Walczak

3. Charles Calvin Yancey

4. Rob Consalvo

5. Charlotte Golar Richie

6. Michael P Ross

7. Martin J Walsh

8. John R Connolly

9. Felix G Arroyo

10. David James Wyatt

11. Daniel F Conley

By - 7/1/13 - 10:38 am

With 86 days to go to the September 24, 2013 Preliminary Election, the following list is the Power Rankings of Boston Mayoral Candidates as July 1, 2013. Just to note, David Portnoy, John Laing, and Robert Cappucci who had been ranked previously did not make the ballot and thus have been eliminated:

1. John R Connolly, West Roxbury (Ward 20, Precinct 10)

2. Martin J Walsh, Savin Hill (Ward 13, Precinct 10)

3. Charlotte Golar Richie, Meeting House Hill (Ward 15, Precinct 3)

4. Daniel F Conley, West Roxbury (Ward 20, Precinct 20)

5. Rob Consalvo, Hyde Park (Ward 18, Precinct 18)

6. Felix G Arroyo, Jamaica Plain (Ward 19, Precinct 7)

7. Charles L Clemons Jr Dorchester (Ward 14, Precinct 4)

8. Michael P Ross, Mission Hill (Ward 10, Precinct 5)

9. Bill Walczak, Savin Hill(Ward 13, Precinct 10)

10. Charles Calvin Yancey, Mattapan (Ward 17, Precinct 3)

11. John F Barros, Uphams Corner(Ward 13, Precinct 5)

12. David James Wyatt, Roxbury (Ward 11, Precinct 2)

ANALYSIS of MAYORAL CANDIDATE RANKINGS

1. John R Connolly, West Roxbury (Ward 20, Precinct 10) (Previous Rank #2)

By - 6/24/13 - 8:15 am

John Nucci contemplates the possibility that the "young, professional, tech-savvy non-native Bostonians" filling once somnolent downtown and waterfront streets could swing the election for their fellow young, professional, tech-savvy non-native Bostonian Mike Ross - if he can convince them to actually vote, that is, since it seems they are too busy being young and professional and tech-savvy to get involved in local politics.

By - 6/20/13 - 8:27 pm

At a forum sponsored by several local educational groups today, candidates for mayor agreed that Boston public schools need a longer school day and need to be freed from the shackles of an oppressive central administration at Court Street.

Bill Walczak said innovation and great teaching come from "autonomous" schools without the heavy boot of downtown pressing them down. John Connolly said Court Street "just seems to lose a billion dollars a year. ... They don't do much well."

By - 6/7/13 - 12:52 pm

The Dorchester Reporter interviews John Barros and Bill Walczak (don't worry, they talked to Marty Walsh last month).

By - 6/5/13 - 9:10 pm

At an education debate at the Brooke charter school in Roslindale tonight, most candidates supported lifting or increasing the current cap on charter-school seats in Boston.

Watch the entire forum.

John Barros, Charlotte Golar Richie, Mike Ross, John Connolly, Bill Walczak and Dan Conley all said they favor increasing the number of charter seats in Boston.

Felix Arroyo, Charles Yancey and Rob Consalvo all opposed it.

By - 5/27/13 - 1:25 pm

The following are Douglas Bennett's Power Rankings of the 2013 Boston Mayor Candidates as of May 27, 2013. These rankings are determined by a combination of each candidate's previous electoral history which includes geographical and voter population base, potential money raised, grassroots organizational strength, and potential to harness issues:

1. Daniel F Conley, West Roxbury (Ward 20, Precinct 20)

2. John R Connolly, West Roxbury (Ward 20, Precinct 10)

3. Felix G Arroyo, Jamaica Plain (Ward 19, Precinct 7)

4. Martin J Walsh, Savin Hill(Ward 13, Precinct 10)

5. Rob Consalvo, Hyde Park (Ward 18, Precinct 18)

6. Charlotte Golar Richie, Meeting House Hill(Ward 15, Precinct 3)

7. Charles Calvin Yancey, Mattapan (Ward 17, Precinct 3)

8. Michael P Ross, Mission Hill (Ward 10, Precinct 5)

9. Charles L Clemons Jr, Dorchester (Ward 14, Precinct 4)

10. John F Barros, Uphmans Corner(Ward 13, Precinct 5)

11. Bill Walczak, Savin Hill(Ward 13, Precinct 10)

12. Robert Cappucci, East Boston, (Ward 1, Precinct 2)

13. David S Portnoy, Lower Mills(Ward 17, Precinct 13)

14. John G C Laing Jr, Hyde Park(18, Precinct 14)

15. David James Wyatt, Roxbury (Ward 11, Precinct 2)

By - 5/14/13 - 6:45 am

The Herald talks to Dan Conley and John Barros. Currently, only East Boston is slated to vote on the proposed Suffolk Downs casino.

By - 4/24/13 - 7:31 pm

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.