Nineteen vie for 8 City Council at-Large slots
Voters won’t be going to the polls today just to pick the finalists in the race to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino. Nineteen Bostonians will be on the at-large ballot, the result of two city councillors, John Connolly and Felix Arroyo, giving up their seats to run for mayor.
The staggering number of at-large candidates and most people’s attention to the mayoral race have left at-large contenders gasping for oxygen as they crisscross the city, asking voters to give them one of the four votes available.
The Sept. 24 ballot will narrow the field to 8 candidates. The current list of candidates includes two incumbents, a former city councillor at-large, former City Hall aides, community activists, a businessman and, of course, a perennial candidate. The list is included below, in the order they will appear on the ballot.
Martin Keogh of West Roxbury: An attorney born in Mission Hill and married to a woman from Lower Mills, Keogh once worked as an aide to former City Councillor Peggy Davis-Mullen, who unsuccessfully challenged Menino in 2001.
Ayanna Pressley of Dorchester: A former aide to John Kerry when he was in the US Senate, Pressley is a Chicago native. She was elected in 2009 and topped the at-large ticket in 2011. She’s running for a third term.
Catherine O’Neill of Dorchester: O’Neill has worked on a wide variety of campaigns, from former City Councillor Michael Flaherty’s bids for office to Linda Dorcena Forry’s state Senate run earlier this year. She is also a playwright and last year saw the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre put on her political drama, “Murph.” She has hosted several community access television shows, including “All About Boston” and the “Boston Connection.”
Francisco White of East Boston: A blogger who has written for Spare Change News and the Rainbow Times, White has also worked for MassVOTE, a voting rights group. He has been endorsed by Green-Rainbow Party officials.
Michael Flaherty of South Boston: Flaherty, an attorney who gave up his at-large seat in 2009 in attempt to topple Menino, is making his second effort since 2011 to get back on the council. Flaherty, who frequently topped the at-large ticket before his mayoral run, just missed snagging one of the four seats in 2011.
Frank Addivinola of the West End: A Republican, he is also running for Congress in the Fifth District, US Sen. Ed Markey’s old seat.
Jeffrey Ross of South End: An attorney who has worked for ex-state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, Ross unsuccessfully ran for a state Senate seat vacated by Jarrett Barrios in 2007.
Douglas Wohn of Jamaica Plain: Wohn is an employee of the city’s Inspectional Services Department.
Keith Kenyon of South Boston: The son of a shop steward for a Teamsters division, he swept floors in the Globe’s press room at an early age. He is currently an attorney at Scalli and Murphy in Charlestown.
Stephen Murphy of Hyde Park: Like Pressley, Murphy is an incumbent and currently serving as the City Council president. Born in Dorchester, he worked for a transportation company before getting elected to the council in 1997.
Ramon Soto of Mission Hill: A Milton native, Soto has worked in Menino’s legislative affairs office for six years. He has also served as an aide to former state Sen. Michael Morrissey.
Jack Kelly of Charlestown: Kelly frequently brings up his biography on the trail: He overcame an Oxycontin addiction and was eventually accepted as a Local 7 Ironworkers apprentice. He later served as Menino’s neighborhood liaison in Charlestown.
Christopher Conroy of Roxbury: Born in Pope’s Hill, he received a law degree from Amherst College and worked as an organizer for Stand for Children, an education reform group.
Michelle Wu of South End: A former aide to Sen. Elizabeh Warren, Wu is an attorney who worked in the Menino administration, creating the Restaurant Road Map guide.
Gareth Saunders of Dorchester: A former councillor for District 7, Saunders has lived in Dorchester for four years and is a Bronx native. He works at the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Seamus Whelan of West Roxbury: Whelan is a registered nurse and activist who is running under the Socialist Alternative banner.
Philip Frattaroli of the North End: He is a first generation American, born in the North End. He owns a restaurant in the neighborhood, Ducali.
Althea Garrison of Dorchester: A perennial candidate for public office, Garrison served one term as a state representative before getting knocked off her perch by Charlotte Golar Richie in 1994.
Annissa Essaibi George of Dorchester: The owner of the Stitch House who has worked as an East Boston High School teacher, George once interned for US Sen. Max Baucus of Montana. She has been active in the Columbia Savin Hill area.