Civics

#BosPoli Round-Up for Monday, June 3

The mayoral ballot gained its eighth candidate on Monday, with the Election Department saying Codman Square Health Center co-founder Bill Walczak has enough verified signatures.  Read more

Hot Day Parade: Big crowds, lots of water mark 50th march up the ave

Will Droser girds himself for a jaunt up Dorchester Ave. near the start of the 50th anniversary Dot Day Parade on Sunday. Photo by Bill Forry

Temperature soared into the high 80s as thousands of sun-soaked people marched the three-plus miles up Dorchester Avenue on Sunday in the 50th anniversary Dot Day Parade. Tens of thousands more lined the parade route and cheered on the floats, bands and a gaggle of politicians on hand for the yearly celebration of all things Dorchester.  Read more

Former District 1 councillor endorses Connolly's mayoral run

A former city councillor who once represented Charlestown, East Boston and the North End is backing City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s mayoral bid.

Paul Scapicchio, who served on the 13-member City Council from 1997 to 2006, announced his support for Connolly on Thursday evening at a Charlestown campaign event. Scapicchio is currently president of Sage Systems’ government affairs division and previously served as senior vice president of government affairs at ML Strategies Boston.

#Bospoli Round-Up for Wednesday, May 29

This just in from the Election Department, which is continuing to work on certifying nomination signatures:

-- Local community activist John Barros and District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo joined the list of folks who have at least 3,000 signatures verified for the mayoral ballot. The other candidates who have already been verified include City Councillors At-Large Felix Arroyo and John Connolly, state Rep. Marty Walsh and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley.  Read more

Dorcena Forry wins state Senate seat

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
May. 28, 2013

Senator-elect Linda Dorcena Forry shares a hug with her mother Annie Dorcena during her victory celebration at The Ledge in Lower Mills on Tuesday, May 28. Photo by Mike Deehan

State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry coasted to a win on Tuesday in a special election to fill a state Senate vacancy. Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat, faced off against Joseph Ureneck, a Dorchester Republican, on an Election Day that was marked by low turnout in the First Suffolk Senate district, which includes Dorchester, South Boston, Mattapan and a portion of Hyde Park.

According to the unofficial tally on the city Elections Department’s website, Dorcena Forry had 7,858 votes to Ureneck’s 1,486 votes, with all 77 precincts reporting. There were 274 write-in votes.  Read more

(UPDATED) Education groups putting together June 5 mayoral forum

This, which just hit our inbox, isn't the first mayoral forum, and it won't be the last. Details below:

WHO: Sponsors: Stand for Children Leadership Center, in partnership with Citizen Schools, Education Pioneers, Education Reform Now, Mass 2020, Teach For America, Teach Plus, and Young Education Professionals.

Candidates: John Barros, Dan Conley, John Connolly, Rob Consalvo, Charlotte Golar Richie, Mike Ross, Bill Walczak, Marty Walsh, and Charles Yancey are confirmed; Felix Arroyo has a schedule conflict.

#BosPoli Round-Up for Tuesday, May 21: The Lists

The list of folks who have submitted signatures for mayor and City Council At-Large is below, via the city’s Election Department. The signatures have to be certified, so these are still largely potential candidates we're talking about. And the potential candidates must have 3,000 signatures to get on the mayoral ballot and 1,500 signatures to get on the at-large ballot.

The next important date on the 2013 municipal election calendar: June 21, the last day for election registrars to finish certification of signatures.  Read more

During Dorchester visit, McCain calls Gomez 'next generation' of U.S. leadership

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
May. 20, 2013

U.S. Sen. John McCain visited Boston Monday to stump and fundraise for fellow Navy veteran and Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez, who ramped up his attacks on opponent U.S. Rep. Edward Markey for voting against resolutions in Congress honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  Read more

Consalvo is the latest to formally kick off campaign to succeed Menino

As City Councillor Rob Consalvo’s mayoral campaign kick-off wound down, Angelo Scaccia was at the front table, greeting people as they exited, getting up and sitting down, shaking their hands, and slapping their backs while complaining of his own being in pain.

“Four herniated discs,” Scaccia roared at one point, before shuffling over to sit on the edge of the stage set up for the media.  Read more

Today's Hometown Comfort event to draw thousands to IBEW Hall

By 
Reporter Staff
May. 16, 2013

The tragic events of April 15 affected us all, but Dorchester was especially hard hit. Members of that community are pulling together with Hometown Comfort, an event to support our city and help it heal with the embrace of a hometown.  At the heart of that embrace will be a comfort food, dine around with as many as 25 area chefs preparing and sharing their version of comfort food.

The event is Sunday, May 19 at the IBEW Local 103 Hall, 256 Freeport St., Dorchester.  Read more