Shaun Ivers of Jamaica Plain plans to formally launch his campaign today in Geneva/Bowdoin, but first he took a few potshots against rivals Michael Flaherty, Steve Murphy, Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu.
Boston, MA, May 1, 2013 – As at-large city council candidate Shaun Ivers pulls nomination papers Wednesday he will call upon his opponents to properly represent every neighborhood of Boston.
"Far too often supposedly ‘city-wide' representatives are content to select pet neighborhoods and pet issues while ignoring the greater spectrum of issues that impact voters every day," said Ivers. "There is no place in an at-large race for candidates like Michael Flaherty who are only interested in issues that pertain to their own neighborhood. That's what district races are for."
Ivers also called upon candidates to elaborate past superficial assessments of their chosen issues, and upon voters and reporters to demand substantive answers from the candidates.
"I don't want to hear that someone plans to ‘reduce crime.' Talk about reducing access to guns in Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and now Roslindale. Talk about reducing the number of desperate addicts on the streets of the South End and Dorchester willing to do anything for a fix. Talk about residents locking their vehicles in suburban neighborhoods such as West Roxbury and Brighton."
Ivers plans to further elaborate his call Wednesday afternoon at his signature gathering kick-off, which will be held at the Geneva Cliffs Park, which is located at the intersection of Geneva Street and Bowdoin Avenue. Ivers is expected to arrive at 5 pm, but supporters are encouraged to arrive early.
"I would like to bring attention to a part of the city that, as the Boston Globe chronicled this winter, is a microcosm of the sharp divide in this city between the haves and the have-nots," said Ivers.
Ivers also plans to confront his opponents and draw a stark contrast between him and the other candidates.
"This city does not need more hack politicians like Michael Flaherty and Stephen Murphy, nor does it need self-interested opportunists like Michelle Wu and Ayanna Pressley. When elected I promise serve the people – not exploit them," said Ivers.