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2023 elections

By adamg - 11/22/23 - 9:45 am

Stanley Staco posts the map. Incumbents Ruthzee Louijeune, who got the most votes citywide and Erin Murphy, who came in second, won precincts across the city. Read more.

By adamg - 11/8/23 - 10:02 am

The Newton Beacon reports advocates of changing zoning to allow more growth in its village centers lost "in a bloodbath" in city-council elections. Read more.

By adamg - 11/7/23 - 8:28 pm

City results show incumbent at-large Councilors Ruthzee Louijeune and Julia Mejia easily winning re-election - along with more conservative incumbent Erin Murphy - with whom Louijeune is battling for the honorary top spot on the ballot. Read more.

By adamg - 10/27/23 - 11:22 am

The Daily Free Press brings us up to speed on incumbent Councilor Liz Breadon and challenger Jacob deBlecourt - who said a good summation of his platform would be "more housing and fewer rats."

By adamg - 10/19/23 - 12:18 pm

In 1992, Althea Garrison was elected a state rep in Roxbury, the first time a trans person had ever won election to a state legislature. She didn't tell anybody about that though and never discussed it, not even after the Herald outed her - at a time when coming out as trans could mean being murdered. In September, she discussed the issue publicly for the first time in an interview with Kate Sosin of the 19th. Read more.

By adamg - 10/17/23 - 9:41 pm

Ed Burley, until last month co-chair of Jamaica Plain Progressives, explains his decision to resign after the September preliminary, in which its endorsed District 6 candidate, incumbent Kendra Lara, was soundly defeated after that car crash. Read more.

By adamg - 10/17/23 - 10:31 am

Jamaica Plain News reports that District 6 (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mission Hill) candidates Ben Weber and William King will meet in a forum Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at Casa Verde in Jamaica Plain that will also feature an all-you-can eat lunch for $2.

By adamg - 10/8/23 - 11:25 am

Cambridge Day reports the city will bring on 32 additional cops to watch over polling places - and will install a stronger door to keep potential attackers out of the central elections office.

By adamg - 10/1/23 - 11:50 am

Cambridge Day reports on allegations involving two candidates.

By adamg - 9/12/23 - 9:50 pm
King, Weber, Pepen and Ruiz

King vs. Weber, Pepen vs. Ruiz.

Voters in District 6 (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mission Hill) today solidly rejected one-term incumbent and crash-plagued incumbent Kendra Lara, while voters in neighboring District 5 (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale) gave the boot to ethics-plagued incumbent Ricardo Arroyo. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/23 - 1:45 pm

Residents in four City Council districts have preliminary elections tomorrow to narrow the fields in the November elections to two candidates each. There is no preliminary for the four citywide council seats because there are eight candidates, all of whom will battle in November. Read more.

By adamg - 9/7/23 - 9:46 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports that New Balance CEO and 2016 Trump backer Jim Davis, who pumped $1 million into a PAC that failed to keep Michelle Wu from getting elected mayor this week donated $150,000 to a super PAC that is trying to un-elect two of the City Council's progressive members: Kendra Lara in District 6 and Ricardo Arroyo in District 5. The group's ads in the Herald also support John FitzGerald, Frank Baker's choice, in District 3.

By adamg - 8/30/23 - 12:36 pm

The Dorchester Reporter compiles answers to a questionnaire it send to the candidates seeking to replace Frank Baker as District 3 city councilor in the September preliminary.

By adamg - 8/21/23 - 7:25 am

Mayor Wu is endorsing Enrique Pepén, her former constiuent-services director, over incumbent Ricardo Arroyo in the District 5 (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) City Council race in the Sept. 12 preliminary election. Wu had backed Arroyo in previous campaigns - including his run for DA, at least until those allegations surfaced. Read more.

By adamg - 8/17/23 - 10:03 am

And the Beacon Hill Times was there.

Durkan was elected to finish the term of Kenzie Bok, who left to become the new head of the BHA. Durkan will have to run again in November to win her own two-year term.

By adamg - 8/9/23 - 2:19 pm
King, Lara, Weber

King, Lara and Weber in Zoom forum.

The three candidates for the District 6 (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mission Hill) City Council seat - incumbent Kendra Lara and challengers William King and Ben Weber - met last night in a Zoom forum sponsored by JP Progressives, Right to the City Vote and MassVOTE.

The top two finishers in the Sept. 12 preliminary will then meet in the Nov. 7 general election for the two-year seat.

Some of the issues: Read more.

By adamg - 8/1/23 - 11:23 am

NBC Boston reports Boston election commissioners today rejected demands from Kendra Lara haters that it bump her off the fall ballot in District 6 (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill), concluding they'd failed to provide enough proof that she doesn't live in the district.

Lara said she was in a midst of a divorce when she ran for office and decided she’d rather use her maiden name than her married name – and got approval from the election office to do so.

By adamg - 7/27/23 - 7:15 am

The Boston Sun reports on Sharon Durkan's victory over Montez Haywood to represent District 8 (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill, Fenway) for the next few months as a replacement for Kenzie Bok. The two will reprise their battle in November for a two-year term.

By adamg - 7/21/23 - 11:58 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports that one of longtime local PR guy George Regan's people sent one of its reporters e-mail announcing a party in Mashpee to both honor Ray Flynn on his birthday and to announce a "Save Our City" campaign aimed at taking back Boston from the lefties he thinks are ruining it. Only problem: Regan hadn't asked any of the politicians he listed (including two who aren't even running for re-election) first. Regan blames his secretary, but insists the city still needs saving. Sounds like somebody needs some crisis PR help.

By adamg - 7/20/23 - 8:27 am

The Boston Sun recaps the forum with Montez Haywood and Sharon Durkan, running in a July 25 special election to replace Kenzie Bok as city councilor in District 8 (Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Bay Village, Fenway and Mission Hill). They're competing for a term that runs until just Jan. 1, when the winner of the November regular election will take the seat.

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