Reporter’s Notebook: Possible entry from Milton for 12th Suffolk House seat

Edmond Romulus, a Milton resident, has pulled nomination papers and is aiming to run in the special election for the vacant 12th Suffolk District House seat. Romulus, who managed Jean-Claude Sanon’s campaign for City Council At-Large in 2009, says he plans to run as an independent.

“My approach is politics of common sense,” he said. “Vote for what’s best for the people, not based on party affiliation or ideology.” Romulus, 33, lives in the Milton portion of the 12th Suffolk House district, which also includes Dorchester, Mattapan ,and a part of Hyde Park. Born in Haiti and now a fraud analyst for a telecommunications company, he was brought to Boston by his father when he was 12. He lived in Dorchester for six years, and before that in Mattapan.

Like the other candidates running in the special election, Romulus worked on the state Senate campaign of Linda Dorcena Forry, the 12th Suffolk state representative for eight years who was sworn in last week as the state senator for the First Suffolk District. She replaced Jack Hart, who stepped down earlier this year to take a job at a law firm. Dorcena Forry told the Reporter last week that she is staying neutral in the race.

The other candidates include Dan Cullinane, Stephanie Everett, Mary Tuitt, and Carlotta Williams. A minimum of 150 verified signatures is required to get on the ballot. The primary is set for Aug. 13, and the general election for Sept. 10.

Everett, a former aide to state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, has tapped Nils Tracy as her campaign manager. Tracy, a research analyst, briefly ran in a separate special election earlier this year. That special, won by attorney Jay Livingstone, was for a Back Bay-based seat left vacant due to state Rep. Marty Walz’s departure for the top post at Planned Parenthood Massachusetts.

This week, Everett’s camp touted Chang-Diaz’s endorsement, while Cullinane promoted an endorsement he received from Sheet Metal Workers Local 17, which is headquartered in the district. The business manager for the union, Bob Butler, said in a statement that Cullinane would be an “effective advocate for labor,” citing his experience as a fair labor investigator in state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office.

More mayoral forums on the horizon

Mayoral candidates’ schedules continue to fill up with forums and meet-and-greets with neighborhood associations. Some of the forums and get-togethers include:

•Edvestors forum on education reform
Thurs., June 20, 5 p.m., Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall

• CommonWealth magazine, A Better City and Municipal Research Bureau
Tues., June 25, 8 a.m., Palm Restaurant at One International Place

•Future Boston Alliance and Terrible Labs
Wed., June 26, 6:30 p.m., at Terrible Labs at 129 Kingston St.

• Greater Boston Labor Council
Thurs., June 27, 5 p.m., IBEW Local 103, 256 Freeport St.

• Forum on Energy and Environment
Tues., July 9, 12 p.m., Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont St.

• RoxVote Coalition’s Cookout with the Candidates
Tues., July 16, 5:30 p.m., Courtyard at Madison Park Village at 122 Dewitt Drive

• West Roxbury Candidates Night
Mon., Aug. 12, 7 p.m., St. George Church, 55 Emmonsdale Road,

• Ward 10 Mayoral Candidates’ Night in Mission Hill Tues., Aug. 27, 6 p.m., Parks Community Building, 2 New Whitney St.

On his way to rally for Markey, Obama runs into Golar Richie

President Obama hit the campaign trail last Wednesday, attempting to boost awareness and whip up support for US Rep. Ed Markey, a Malden Democrat running for the US Senate. Before his speech at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Roxbury, Obama stopped at Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe in the South End, where he apparently ran into former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, who is running for mayor.

Official White House photographer Pete Souza later put on Twitter an image of a smiling Golar Richie greeting Obama. The image included a cameo by one of Richie’s daughters, Kara, on the far left.

Jim O’Sullivan, a reporter for the Boston Globe and former Dorchester Reporter news editor, was one of the pool reporters for the president’s trip. “POTUS [President of the United States] shook hands and hugged several diners, and took time to encourage them to vote in the June 25 special Senate election,” he wrote. “ ‘I know it seems like there’s an election every other week,’ POTUS said.”

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