Civics

One Dorchester candidate jumps in at-large race, another drops out

On the last day mayoral and at-large candidates were able to apply for nomination papers at City Hall, a Savin Hill resident waded into the race, while another Dorchester resident withdrew his name from contention.  Read more

A note to mayoral candidates

Boston is not a two-newspaper town. And it hasn't been for quite a while.

The last open mayoral race happened 30 years ago. Before widespread access to the Internet. Before Facebook. Before Twitter. When big city newspapers had a monopoly on the news agenda.

That monopoly no longer exists.

Just take a look at what happened when Mayor Thomas Menino announced he isn't seeking reelection. He spoke with the Globe and Herald the day before the announcement.  Read more

Mayoral hopefuls chase signatures

As voters trickled into the polls across the city on Tuesday, mayoral hopefuls flooded the Election Department office to pick up nomination papers and begin to gather the signatures needed to make it onto this fall’s ballot.

Dozens of candidates for mayor, councilor-at-large, district seats, their operatives, and their supporters showed up early Tuesday morning to lay their hands on the papers. Twenty-four potential mayoral candidates had applied for nomination papers.  Read more

Markey beats Lynch, will face Gomez in June Senate special election

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
May. 1, 2013

Emerging from a primary campaign that lacked the intensity many anticipated, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey held off delegation mate Rep. Stephen Lynch in Tuesday's Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, moving on to face former Navy SEAL and political upstart Gabriel Gomez in a late June special election that will pit a 36-year-veteran of Congress against a political newcomer.

Markey and Gomez are vying for the U.S. Senate seat held for 28 years by Secretary of State John Kerry before he accepted the State Department job from President Obama in January.  Read more

Dorchester’s Dorcena Forry declaring victory in race for First Suffolk Senate seat

By 
Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Apr. 30, 2013

State Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry on Tuesday eked out a win in a three-way Democratic primary as part of a special election to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart in the First Suffolk Senate District seat, her campaign said. Dorcena Forry, a Dorchester Democrat, bested state Rep. Nick Collins of South Boston and Maureen Dahill, who also lives in South Boston, her camp said.

Campaign manager Cayce McCabe said by their count, Dorcena Forry, who was first elected to the Massachusetts House in 2005, won by 370 votes.  Read more

Gov. Patrick slams ‘misleading’ newspaper ad

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 29, 2013

A newspaper ad featuring a photo of Gov. Deval Patrick and a candidate for the vacant First Suffolk Senate seat is “misleading,” Patrick said Sunday.  Read more

(UPDATED) Collins camp incorrectly cites endorsement by reverend who is backing opponent

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 27, 2013

Rev. Jeffrey Brown said on Friday that he isn’t endorsing anybody in the First Suffolk Senate race. His statement to the Reporter came after a release from state Rep. Nick Collins’s campaign erroneously claimed the reverend as a supporter.

Days later, Rev. Brown was featured in a 30-second robocall to voters on Sunday, endorsing Collins's opponent, state Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry. "Let there be no confusion about who I personally support for the state Senate this Tuesday, April 30," he said, calling Dorcena Forry his "personal choice" and citing her legislative experience.  Read more

#BosPoli Round-Up: Barros makes it official

Community activist John Barros kicked off his mayoral bid on Thursday, officially entering the already crowded field.

The Dorchester resident has served on the School Committee and as head of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. He resigned from the School Committee earlier this week.  Read more

Arroyo taps Mass. Democratic Party official as campaign manager

The former executive director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party will manage City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo’s mayoral campaign. Clare Kelly, who has also worked as Gov. Deval Patrick’s field director in his 2010 reelection campaign, is a North End resident.

“I am thrilled that Clare Kelly has signed on to lead our campaign. She was my first and only choice because she is the best choice,” Arroyo said in a statement. “She has impressive grassroots campaign experience and knows that a grassroots effort isn't just a smart way to campaign, it's the right way to campaign.”  Read more

Editorial: Stronger than ever

Monday's solemn ceremony at Peabody Square, where friends and neighbors gathered for a moment of silence for Martin Richard and all of the victims of the Boston Marathon attack. Photo by Bill Forry

The question has been posed dozens of times in the last week from media who descended on our neighborhood from all over the world: What is it about the Richard family —and their Ashmont-Adams community —that is so special?

The truth is that the vibrant, caring community that revolves around families like the Richards of Carruth Street can't be bottled, capped, and shared with the world. Try though we will, that unique chemistry can’t be defined on a t-shirt or a Facebook page. It can't even be claimed for all of our neighborhood, because— quite frankly, it doesn't exist in all, or even in most, of Dorchester.  Read more