Sal LaMattina, who retired from the District 1 City Council seat that Lydia Edwards won in 2017, is talking to supporters about possibly running for the seat again after Edwards is elected to the State Senate next month. Read more.
East Boston native James Aloisi considers the meaning of East Boston having a city councilor who isn't an Italian-American man:
In a race of historic importance, [Lydia] Edwards defeated the candidate backed by the long powerful but increasingly diminished political old guard. Edwards won for many reasons - an impressive background and resume; a passionate cadre of supporters; and, perhaps most important, the ability to see, understand, and appeal to the changing demographics in the district.
The Boston Elections Department reports it will hold absentee ballots in District 1 (East Boston, Charlestown and the North End) until the end of voting tomorrow "due to anonymous concerns" about ballots there. Read more.
This card has been going around East Boston in recent days. In Spanish, it says, "I'm with Stephen" (and at the bottom: "Authorized and paid for by the Friends of Stephen Passacantilli Committee"). Read more.
The Herald reports the South Boston councilor is quitting right this second, because for some reason that will make it easier for him to set up a consulting business than if he waited until his term ends in January. Read more.
After both sides agreed not to scab out at a WBZ debate, we're left with just a single mayoral debate, at WGBH's studios on the 10th (and now a second one the next night at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury). Tito asked Marty for at least four total debates. One of Marty's minions replied, basically: Yeah, right.
Speaking of Walsh opponents, John Connolly popped up this week ... Read more.
David Bernstein writes that the interesting news in last night's results were not in the race for mayor - which surprised no one - but in the council races, which could mean two black women joining the council in January - possibly alongside incumbent minority councilors Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu (at large) and Andrea Campbell (Dorchester). Read more.
Mayor Marty Walsh will face off against City Councilor Tito Jackson in the November elections, according to preliminary results from the city elections department. Jackson will his work cut out for him: Walsh is leading by a better than 2-1 margin. Read more.
Edwards, Farmer and Passacantilli at North End forum.
The three candidates for the District 1 City Council seat (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) that Sal LaMattina is giving up sounded similar themes on a number of issues, including Airbnb and 4 a.m. closing times, at a forum sponsored by the North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council tonight. Read more.
Mary Berninger reports on an East Boston focused candidate forum the other night for the three candidates for the District 1 seat Sal LaMattina is giving up - Lydia Edwards, Margaret Farmer and Stephen Passacantilli
Two of the three will be selected in the September preliminaries to compete in the November final election for the two-year seat, which also represents Charlestown and the North End.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports that Jack Kelly of Charlestown won't run to replace Sal LaMattina as District 1 city councilor after deciding his heart wasn't really in politics. That leaves three other announced candidates in the race to represent Charlestown, East Boston and the North End.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports that Stephen Passacantilli of the North End and Lydia Edwards of East Boston say they're running for the District 1 council seat (North End, East Boston, Charlestown) that Sal LaMattina is not running for again this year. Read more.
NorthEndWaterfront.com reports Councilor Sal LaMattina (North End, Charlestown, East Boston) won't run for re-election this fall. The East Boston Times-Free Press, which broke the story, has more.
LaMattina, first elected in a special election in 2006, joins Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Downtown, Chinatown) and Tito Jackson (Roxbury) in the retirement club - although Jackson hopes to move to get elected mayor instead.
I know all the city councilors, moreso the ones that were there a few years ago. They’re all cowards. They’ve allowed Mayor Menino to terrorize them for 20 years. They never stand up to him. They’re all concerned about keeping their jobs. I’m in a position, as a city councilor representing the most affluent part of Boston, I will say what needs to be said to the mayor of Boston.
Bonus for a certain UHub regular: He's the only candidate to publicly call for the deciphering of City Council stenographic records.
It's nothing but net for Rob Consalvo in his first TV ad: