Today's the preliminary in Boston, Somerville, Medford and other assorted cities, so if you haven't voted early or by mail, today's your last chance to help decide who gets on the November ballot. Read more.
Yesterday, a roving UHub photographer spotted a minivan with a sign for perennial candidate Roy Owens moseying down Comm. Ave by the BU Bridge, its PA system playing gospel music to the no doubt fascinated BU students. After an abortive attempt to lose this year's race for mayor, Owens finally settled on not winning one of the four open at-large council seats. Read more.
The five major candidates for mayor stood in NBC Boston's Needham studios for an hour tonight answering questions, at least when the moderator remembered to call on them (Campbell was bypassed twice, Janey and Barros each once).
The Globe reports a poll it did with Suffolk University has Michelle Wu coming in first in the preliminary, with Janey, Essaibi George and Campbell bunched up for second and Barros watching them from way, way back on the track. Read more.
Voting for the preliminary election started yesterday. The city has all the details on where and how to vote early, if you don't want to do the more traditional Sept. 14 thing. You'll be whittling down the field of candidates for mayor and district city councilors to two each, and the field of candidates for the four at-large council seats to eight. Read more.
The Dorchester Reporter reports on William Gross's new political thing, Real Progress Boston, with a phone number that connects to a consulting firm "whose client list has included the Trump campaign, Gov. Charlie Baker and Arkansas lawmaker Tom Cotton, who is now a US senator." Read more.
Massimo Tiberi, owner of Arya Trattoria on Hanover Street, posts Instagram photos of celebrities posing with him. So when Kim Janey walked in last night, he had a pic snapped and posted it - and then fairly quickly took it down because neither of them had a mask on, which proved a tad embarrassing given that Boston's indoor mask mandate, which Janey herself announced, went into effect Friday morning. Read more.
The Allston Brighton Community Development Corp., along with several other local groups, is hosting a Zoom forum at 6 p.m. today for four candidates for the local city council seat: Three who will have their names printed on the ballot next month and a fourth who is running as a write-in. Read more.
Retiring District 6 (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill) City Councilor Matt O'Malley made a trip over to the Jamaica Pond boathouse today to endorse Mary Tamer as his replacement over Kendra Hicks and Winnie Eke. Read more.
City Councilor Lydia Edwards (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) made it official today: If, as expected, Joe Boncore leaves the state Senate to become head of a life-sciences trade group, she will run for his seat. Read more.
The Boston Elections Department notified the City Council today it will supplement its list of early voting sites for the September and November elections to include sites, as yet unspecified, in Roslindale, Chinatown, Mission Hill, the Seaport and Uphams Corner.
The council then unanimously approved the department's early voting plan for the two elections.