Gov. Patrick last month (thanks, Globe and Herald) signed a bill canceling the September city-council preliminary election, the Bulletin newspapers report. The Dorchester Reporter has more.
City Councilors objected to paying for a preliminary election to whittle a field of nine at-large candidates down to eight for the November general election. Several of those councilors had made it easier to get on the ballot as a sop to former at-large Councilor Dapper O'Neil, who apparently had problems collecting enough signatures to get on the ballot in the old days.
The Reporter says the city election commission had originally decided not to publicize the cancellation of the September primary until after Labor Day, since the commission feels that nobody would care until then.