Civics

A dozen mayoral candidates seek to rise above the fray in debate

By 
Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Sep. 10, 2013

In a 90-minute fast-paced 12-way exchange that at times resembled a raucous dinner-table argument, Boston's would-be mayors jostled for voters' attention with just under two weeks until the Sept. 24 preliminary that will cull the candidates to two finalists.

"My name is Charles Yancey, and I'm running for mayor of the city of Boston," the three-decade city councilor, who is also a candidate for re-election to the City Council, said during a rare lull in the Monday night debate.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 8, 2013

A look at the day ahead. There are 16 days left until the Sept. 24 preliminary.  Read more

(UPDATED) #BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 7, 2013

For the second time this week, the mayoral news cycle was taken over by a Southie-centric storyline. But that had wrapped up by the end of the day, as the candidates prepared to plunge into the weekend, one of three left before the Sept. 24 preliminary. There are 17 days left until the prelim.  Read more

Collins's endorsement of Connolly roils Dorchester

A few hundred supporters of Dorchester state Rep. Marty Walsh’s mayoral campaign assembled at the intersection of L Street and Broadway on Thursday afternoon, spilling out onto the street, hours after South Boston state Rep. Nick Collins endorsed a rival at the Oliver Perry School. The gathering was a show of force, quickly thrown together as word spread of Collins’s endorsement of City Councillor At-Large John Connolly.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Morning Edition: Sept. 6, 2013

There are 18 days until the Sept. 24 mayoral preliminary. City Councillor Rob Consalvo plans to release a “plan to keep our kids safe in school” at 10:30 a.m. at the Conley School in Roslindale. Later, he heads to meet seniors at the Dudley Elderly Housing Development in Roxbury and Mount Pleasant Home in JP, before door knocking in West Roxbury.  Read more

Mayor hopefuls: Tell us your plan for this case

Eyesore remains a hold-out on Dudley Street
Uphams Corner holdout: The seven-story Leon Electric building at the corner of Humphreys and Dudley streets — and right next to the Upham’s Corner T station— is a top target for redevelopment under the next city administration. Photo by Bill ForryUphams Corner holdout: The seven-story Leon Electric building at the corner of Humphreys and Dudley streets — and right next to the Upham’s Corner T station— is a top target for redevelopment under the next city administration. Photo by Bill Forry

There are many high-profile eyesores and abandoned lots across Boston that merit the attention, imagination and hustle of the next mayor. But few loom as large as the Leon Electric building in Uphams Corner.

The hulking warehouse complex sits right next to the MBTA commuter rail station at the corner of Dudley and Humphreys streets. The empty, fenced-off, weather-worn behemoth rises up seven stories and casts a foreboding shadow over the neighborhood business district below.  Read more

Connolly pedals for votes: Councillor tours Dot villages on wheels

On a Friday morning in mid-June, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly had just toured the St. Francis House by Boston Common when his car died. “Guess who is taking shared bike to next event,” he posted to Twitter, the social networking site, along with a picture of a “Hubway” bicycle, a bike-sharing service with stations around the city.

Connolly grabbed a helmet out of his car and set off for his next appointment in the Kenmore area, posting pictures to Twitter during the roughly half-hour trip.  Read more

Conley sees ‘sprint’ to win: DA spurs team on S. Boston streets

Dan Conley: Suffolk County DA spoke during an annual youth soccer tournament he sponsored at Pope John Paul II Park this month. Photo by Bill ForryDan Conley: Suffolk County DA spoke during an annual youth soccer tournament he sponsored at Pope John Paul II Park this month. Photo by Bill ForryClad in a plain red t-shirt, khaki shorts, and a cap with a “Dan Conley” sticker on its front, Bobby Madden was working “Marty Walsh” country.

On a recent Saturday morning, the 69-year-old Dorchester fixture, who is an investigator in Suffolk District Attorney Conley’s office, made his way up St. Brendan’s Hill with a young assistant district attorney at his side and a list of super-voters in his hand. They were part of a small group of canvassers looking to identify Dorchester supporters of Conley, who is one of the 12 candidates running for mayor.

Madden, who grew up in the area and lives on Gallivan Boulevard, didn’t need the list. The neighborhood is largely made up of families whose breadwinners are police officers, firefighters, and teachers. He knows most of them, and most of them know him.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Late Night Edition: Sept. 4, 2013

The mayoral race chugs along. Highlights from Wednesday include:  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Morning Edition: Sept. 4, 2013

The Sept. 24 prelim is 20 days away.  Read more