Mary Tamer of West Roxbury, who is running for the District 6 (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) Council seat Matt O'Malley is leaving, says she's dropped out of a May 12 forum sponsored by Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale and Roslindale Is for Everyone. Read more.
Acting Mayor Kim Janey, US Rep. Ayanna Pressley and state Rep. Liz Miranda are all telling the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association to knock it off with the personal attacks on City Councilor Andrea Campbell - who is running against Janey in the fall elections - saying they are no longer going to just sit back while the union continues what Pressley called its long running racism. Read more.
This fall's election could mean a historic first: The election of Boston's first person of color as mayor. It could also be one of the few elections in more than a century without a single Irish-American candidate on the ballot, now that at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty is busy collecting signatures for a re-election bid and state Sen. Nick Collins says he's not running for City Hall. Read more.
Five mayoral candidates discussed issues today in a forum sponsored by the Wards 4 and 5 Democratic committees, moderated by WGBH's Callie Crossley. Acting Mayor Kim Janey bowed out at the last minute to take part in a City Hall press conference with DA Rachael Rollins about the Chauvin verdict.
The City Council is considering a proposal by the Boston Elections Department to hold the September preliminary elections for mayor and city councilor on Sept. 14, rather than Sept. 21, which would give more time for voters to apply for and return mail-in ballots for the November final elections - assuming the state allows for widespread mail-in voting again this year. Read more.
Incumbent District 3 Councilor Frank Baker finally announced this week that, yes, he's running for re-election - and he posted the photos of him getting nomination papers at City Hall to prove it. Read more.
Romilda Pereira says people had asked her to run for the city council, but that what convinced her to begin organizing was watching politicians and clergy descend on Olney Street, where 73-year-old Delois Brown was murdered Saturday as she sat on her front porch. Read more.
Remember when the City Council rushed to get a measure to the State House to eliminate the possibility of four separate elections for mayor this year, and the legislature and the governor agreed and then Marty Walsh didn't wind up getting confirmed until after the date that would have triggered the extra special elections anyway? Read more.
Sharon Machlis lives in Framingham, but she loves working with data and so has started the Contributions to Boston Mayoral Candidates database. Using data from the state, she's created a (still in beta) site where you can see where contributions to the candidates are coming from and how the candidates stack up against each other in terms of pulling in cash. Read more.
John Barros, who ran for mayor in 2013, will try again this year. He's scheduled a 10 a.m. press conference at Restaurante Cesaria, the Dorchester restaurant he has owned for the past 20 years. Read more.