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.
WBZ reports Gov. Baker today signed a bill that lets Boston skip special mayoral elections should Marty Walsh resign before March 5, which once would have seemed likely, but, he's still here. Read more.
The Globe reports that Andrea Campbell is considering far more substantive changes at BPD than we've seen of late, including a $50-million reallocation of BPD funds to "public health, economic justice, and youth development" and the elimination of the BPD gang and bicycle units. Read more.
State Rep. Jon Santiago of the South End, who won his second term in November, announced this morning that he's running for mayor. Santiago, who is also an emergency-room doctor at Boston Medical Center, joins City Councilors Michelle Wu, Andrea Campbell and Annissa Essaibi-George as announced candidates to replace Marty Walsh.
The State House News Service reports the House of Representatives has passed a bill that would let Boston skip any special elections for mayor should Marty Walsh resign before March 5. It now goes to the Senate, and if it approves, the governor. Read more.
District 6 (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill) challengers Kendra Hicks of Jamaica Plain and Mary Tamer of West Roxbury will meet in an online forum at 7 p.m. on Monday, sponsored by he Greater Boston Young Democrats and Young Democrats of Massachusetts. Read more.
Joel Richards, currently a teacher at the Blackstone Elementary School in the South End, has announced he's running for the District 4 (Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale) seat that Andrea Campbell is giving up to run for mayor. Read more.
WBZ reports state Rep. Jon Santiago of the South End is looking at running for mayor. The Globe reports that John Barros, who ran in 2013 (and then became one of several candidates winner Marty Walsh brought into his administration) is close to making an announcement.
They may be running against each other for mayor, but at-large councilors Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi-George said today they are seeking a measure that would give city workers up to three days of paid leave should they feel ill after getting a Covid-19 shot. Feeling like you're coming down with the flu is common after the second shot in particular; health experts say that shows the shot is working to stimulate the immune system. Read more.
The Boston City Council voted today to try to bypass a special election for mayor should Marty Walsh resign before March 5. The issue now goes to Mayor Walsh - who has said he supports the idea - and then the state legislature, which would have to approve the change in the state-issued city charter. Read more.
Dana Depelteau filed papers with the state last week to run for Boston mayor this year.
In an interview, Depelteau acknowledged fairly few people have ever heard of him, but says problems related to youth violence, which ultimately tie into everything from education to gentrification, are just not getting the attention they need and that that convinced him to run. Read more.
First, a programming note: Tomorrow at noon, the City Council holds a regular Wednesday meeting - at which councilors may decide whether to try to bypass a special election for mayor should Marty Walsh decamp for Washington before March 5. Read more.
William Gross is retiring as Boston police commissioner tomorrow, fueling further speculation that he might be planning to run for mayor this year - speculation that Dan Rea at WBZ Newsradio says is for nought.
Mayor Walsh announced Gross will be replaced by Dennis White, currently BPD superintendent and Gross's chief of staff. He would be the department's second Black commissioner. Read more.
The City Council tomorrow might vote tomorrow on a proposal to seek the elimination of a special mayoral election should Marty Walsh leave for Washington before March 5 - although it might also defer action to better craft the required request to the state legislature. Read more.
Even after the events of last week, the owner of the two-story building at Washington and Grove streets in West Roxbury remains a Trump supporter and so has kept flying a flag reading "Trump 2020: No more bullshit" from a flagpole at the top of the building.
That's become a problem for Kimberly and Luis Arcos, who own Target Pizza on the first floor: Read more.