Connolly launches mayoral bid outside Brighton school

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 26, 2013

City Councillor John Connolly, flanked by supporters and his wife Meg, announced his candidacy for Mayor of Boston today in Brighton. Photo courtesy Connolly campaign

Looking to make the city’s school system the focus of his campaign, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly launched his mayoral bid on Tuesday morning outside of a Brighton school. He said he plans a “bottom-up” campaign, with a community organizer’s mindset, similar to President Obama’s campaign for the White House.

In a conversation with reporters on Monday, Connolly said he is ready to “ask every voter I can meet to consider me.” Connolly has spent months building up his campaign kitty and he said last week that he was seriously considering a mayoral bid.  Read more

School assignment panel to meet at City Hall on Saturday

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 22, 2013

Awash in data and comments from the school department, parents, and outside groups, the panel tasked with revamping the city’s school assignment system will meet at City Hall for a Saturday morning (Feb. 23) discussion. A vote is still planned for Monday night (Feb. 25) at Suffolk University.

The 27-member panel appears to be leaning toward the “home-based” models as they look to make a recommendation to Superintendent Carol Johnson and the School Committee, according to its members.  Read more

Mattapan United housing fair draws big crowd

Reporter Staff
Feb. 21, 2013

More than 100 people turned out for the Feb. 5 Mattapan United housing fair.

Mattapan United’s Housing Action Group hosted a Housing Information Fair at the Old Mattapan Library on Tues., Feb. 5. The event was a huge success with over 100 participants.  Read more

(UPDATED) Menino asks advisory panel to delay vote on school assignment plan

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 5, 2013

Mayor Thomas Menino on Tuesday asked for the advisory panel eyeing a school assignment overhaul to again delay their vote, scheduled for Saturday, and wrap up their work by before the end of the month.

“I ask that you continue your work past this weekend,” Menino wrote in the letter, which was obtained by the Reporter. The advisory panel had aimed for a December vote, and that was pushed back into January, and then to this weekend.  Read more

On Facebook, Flaherty takes pass on vacant Hart seat

Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty said Tuesday he will not be a candidate in the race to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart. Flaherty, a South Boston Democrat, unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2009 and fell short in his bid to return to a City Council At-Large slot in 2011.

Below is his Facebook post:  Read more

Primary and general election dates set in Hart seat race

The primary in the race to to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart (D-South Boston) will be on April 30, while the general election will take place on May 28, Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin's office said Monday.

According to a release from Galvin's office:

The deadline for submitting nomination papers to the Boston Election Department is February 27, and the last day to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth is March 6. Nominations for the Senate require a minimum of 300 certified signatures.

Former Arroyo campaign staffer headed to Texas to manage mayoral campaign

A former chief of staff to City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo is headed south to work on a mayoral campaign in Texas. Stuart Rosenberg, who worked as a field director for Tammy Baldwin’s U.S. Senate campaign, will be managing Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s bid for a third term, he said Monday.

Parker, who is openly gay, was first elected in 2009 and won reelection in 2011. She is running for a final term this year, since the office comes with term limits.  Read more

(UPDATED) Dorchester and South Boston state reps expected to jump into race for Hart seat

The field of candidates angling to replace former state Sen. Jack Hart is expected to form this week. Sources told the Reporter on Sunday night that state Reps. Linda Dorcena Forry and Nick Collins are jumping into the race.

Rep. Forry is a Dorchester Democrat and Collins, also a Democrat, hails from South Boston. Rep. Forry is married to Reporter managing editor Bill Forry.  Read more

In front of activists in Dorchester, Lynch and Markey make their pitch

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 1, 2013

Democrats from across the state on Thursday night converged at the Boston Teachers Union headquarters in Dorchester and heard from the two Congressmen hoping to succeed U.S. Sen. John Kerry. Expecting to face off against one another in the April 30 primary, Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Ed Markey (D-Malden) pitched their candidacies to a roomful of dozens of activists.

While is his official campaign launch isn’t until Saturday, Markey told the crowd, “It begins now. The primary is, believe it or not, in 90 days.”  Read more

Kerry and Senate candidates to attend Dem state committee meeting in Dorchester

The Massachusetts Democratic Party's state committee meeting on Thursday night will draw outgoing U.S. Sen. John Kerry and two candidates vying for his seat. Other candidates seeking statewide office in the Bay State could also put in an appearance, at the meeting, which is set for the Boston Teachers Union Hall on Mt. Vernon St.

Congressmen Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Ed Markey (D-Malden) are expected to appear at the long-scheduled meeting. Lynch is formally kicking off his campaign for Kerry’s seat earlier in the day, while Markey has been in the race since December.  Read more