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2015 elections

By adamg - 12/16/15 - 1:50 pm
Yancey says goodbye

Boston city councilors and Mayor Walsh said goodbye to councilors Charles Yancey (Dorchester) and Steve Murphy (at large) at their final meeting of the city council.

Walsh presented the two with Revere bowls for their years of service - 32 for Yancey, 19 for Murphy. Read more.

By adamg - 11/14/15 - 9:57 am

Two years ago, then freshman at-large Councilor Michelle Wu agreed to help Council President Bill Linehan win a second term. Now, the Globe reports, Linehan is helping Wu take his place presiding over the council.

The move means Wu will decide which committees councilors sit on - and that she will become mayor should something happen to Marty Walsh.

By adamg - 11/4/15 - 7:47 am

Election night 2015: Boston City Council

Yancey vows to keep working for a high school in Mattapan, WGBH reports. WGBH reports on Campbell's path to victory. Read more.

By adamg - 11/3/15 - 8:43 pm
Essaibi-George and Campbell

Winners: Essaibi-George and Campbell.

Yancey

The Dorchester Reporter calls District 4 for Andrea Campbell in a decisive win over three-decade Councilor Charles Yancey, in her first run for elective office.

Annissa Essaibi-George finished ahead of incumbent Steve Murphy for the fourth at-large seat, behind Wu, Flaherty and Pressley. Murphy, on the council since 1997, called Essaibi-George to congratulate her. Essaibi-George came in fifth for an at-large seat two years ago.

Read more.

By adamg - 10/31/15 - 2:16 pm

The Globe reports on District 4 city-council candidate Andrea Campbell's residency status over the past few years.

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By adamg - 10/30/15 - 11:20 am

Tuesday's election, which could have record low turnout, features a small field of five candidates for the four at-large council seats and contested elections in just four of the nine district races (Baker vs. Palmer in District 3, Yancey vs. Campbell in District 4, McCarthy vs. Sanon in District 5, Jackson vs. Clemons in District 7). Here are some articles about the races: Read more.

By adamg - 10/28/15 - 1:15 pm

At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy, one of five candidates for the four at-large seats open in Tuesday's election, continues to bang the drum for a privately funded solar-powered monorail between North and South stations.

Read more.

By adamg - 10/15/15 - 7:51 am

Two key councilors in the struggle for higher council pay say they have come to terms with the mayor's proposal to increase their salaries 13.7%, to $99,500, come January. Read more.

By adamg - 10/14/15 - 9:38 pm

At-large city councilor Steve Murphy called for restrictions on development in Boston at a candidate forum in Roslindale tonight. Fellow at-large councilor Ayanna Pressley, meanwhile, wants to look at restricting the numbers of certain types of franchise operations in particular neighborhoods. Read more.

By adamg - 9/17/15 - 10:59 am

The Globe surveys continued progressive disenchantment with the freshman at-large councilor, running for re-election in November.

By adamg - 9/15/15 - 7:51 am

Somerville Song (A ballad of rising rents)

Elizabeth Weinbloom, running for alderman in Somerville's Ward 6, has her own campaign song, a protest against rising rents performed by Amy Kucharik that harkens back to the original Charlie on the MTA - a campaign song for Walter O'Brien, the Progressive Party's candidate for Boston mayor in 1948.

Jackson, who dropped his first campaign song in 2009, updated his catalog this month with "The Tito Dance:" Read more.

By adamg - 9/8/15 - 9:26 pm

City returns shows first-time challenger Andrea Campbell besting long-serving City Councilor Charles Yancey 58-34 in District 4, which includes Dorchester, Mattapan and small sections of Jamaica Plain and Roslindale. Read more.

By adamg - 9/5/15 - 12:35 pm

The Globe reports on a forum for the districts now represented by Charles Yancey and Tito Jackson - the only ones to have enough candidates to require preliminaries on Tuesday.

Perennial candidate Roy Owens, this time running for Jackson's seat, demanded the city stop asking churches to close on Sunday for "rock and roll."

By adamg - 9/3/15 - 11:06 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports city elections officials managed to correct a precinct problem that had 400 residents assigned to District 3, where Frank Baker has no preliminary, when they should have been assigned to District 4, where Charles Yancey faces a preliminary election on Tuesday.

By Shelagh Dolan - 8/27/15 - 2:38 pm
Campbell and Williams

Two challengers look to unseat the longest sitting city councilor in September's preliminary election for District 4, which includes parts of Dorchester, Mattapan and Jamaica Plain. We talked to both Andrea Campbell and Terrance Williams. Councilor Charles Yancey did not respond to several interview requests. A fourth candidate, Jovan Lacet, will be listed on the Sept. 8 preliminary ballot, but Lacet says he has dropped out of the race.

Andrea Campbell of Mattapan is a newcomer to the race for public office after serving as deputy legal counsel for Gov. Deval Patrick. Terrance Williams of Dorchester is back after an unsuccessful 2013 run against Yancey. Read more.

By adamg - 8/20/15 - 3:18 pm
City Councilor Frank Baker

Frank Baker: Councilors worth more than department heads.

A board assembled by the mayor to look at raises for city councilors today recommended an 11% raise, which would bring council pay to roughly $97,000 starting in January.

City Councilor Bill Linehan said he will file a measure on Wednesday for a higher increase, Mayor Walsh's past veto of a higher raise be damned.

"We're not going to back down," Linehan said. Read more.

By Shelagh Dolan - 8/9/15 - 2:24 pm
Candidates in District 4 Boston City Council race

District 4 candidates: Campbell, Lacet, Williams, Yancey

Most Boston voters will get to ignore the Sept. 8 preliminary elections for city council: Only District 4 (Dorchester, Mattapan) and District 7 (Roxbury) have enough candidates to warrant an election - and neither has any candidate debates or forums scheduled between now and the election. Read more.

By adamg - 7/23/15 - 11:09 am

The Dorchester Reporter takes a look at the race for city council in the Fourth District, where incumbent Charles Yancey - who begins pretty much every public statement by declaring he's the longest serving city councilor - faces three opponents in the September primary.

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