#BosMayor Round-Up, Late Night Edition: Sept. 4, 2013
The mayoral race chugs along. Highlights from Wednesday include:
-- Actor Danny Glover, best known for his roles in “Lethal Weapon” and “The Color Purple,” is coming to a fundraiser for former School Committee member John Barros. The Barros campaign is throwing a fundraiser/40th birthday party in Jamaica Plain for the mayoral candidate on Sept. 15, with Glover scheduled to attend. “I keep my eyes open for leaders who are willing to challenge the political business-as-usual and make real change,” Glover said in an email the campaign blasted out on Wednesday. “When I looked at Boston’s mayoral race, I found one in John Barros.” Glover is familiar with Barros’s work through a former executive director of the Dudley St. Neighborhood Initiative, a post Barros has also held before running for mayor. According to the campaign’s event page for the event, Berklee professor Bill Banfield and his band, the Jazz Urbane, will be providing the music for the event. Tickets are $40 (Barros’s age).
-- There are endorsements and then there are endorsements. Rumored to be happening for weeks, state Rep. Nick Collins’s endorsement of City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s mayoral campaign, which will be made official on Thursday, is sure to have some ripple effects, thanks to the small-town nature of Boston politics. More background here.
-- Economist Barry Bluestone has signed on with District 8 Councillor Michael Ross’s mayoral campaign as senior adviser. "Boston is on the edge of a housing boom, and Mike Ross has the vision to make sure that we can grow our neighborhoods while keeping Boston affordable," Bluestone, founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, said in a statement.
-- Liberty Square Group’s Conor Yunits sets up a Tumblr where you can find all of the TV ads in the mayor’s race. Take a look.
-- MassLive.com’s Garrett Quinn was there when the last person came through the Election Department’s door to register to vote in this fall’s municipal elections. (She’s voting for City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo, she said.) Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. was the deadline for voter registration.
-- WGBH’s Adam Reilly has video of City Councillor At-Large Connolly campaigning in front of an Apple Store.
-- State Rep. Walsh, who chairs the House Ethics Committee, released a municipal ethics proposal: The ordinance sets up a local Ethics Commission and will cover “all elected officials, commissioners and the top 150 earners in the administration, plus anyone in a position to oversee projects of building construction or any other public works where the total expenditure for such project is estimated or expected to exceed $5,000,000.” More information here.
-- WBUR takes a stroll through Uphams Corner with the Dorchester Reporter's publisher, Bill Forry.