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Flaherty says he's in, expected to apply for at-large nomination papers on Monday

Michael Flaherty: Campaigning for mayor in '09. He'll return to the citywide stump tomorrow. Michael Flaherty: Campaigning for mayor in '09. He'll return to the citywide stump tomorrow. Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty said Sunday he’s launching an effort to reclaim one of the four at-large seats he held prior to running for mayor in 2009. In a release, Flaherty, who was an at-large councillor between 2000 and 2009, said he will be at the Election Department on Monday at 11 a.m. to apply for nomination papers.

Flaherty is also planning an organizational meeting with top supporters on Wednesday evening at the Cornerstone in South Boston.

Flaherty’s entrance into the race guarantees a ballot royale in an off-year election, with low turnout expected in most neighborhoods. All four incumbents -- Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley -- are running for re-election.

Flaherty announced his run through an emailed four-page press release and on social networking sites like Twitter. A former prosecutor, Flaherty currently works at the law firm of Adler, Pollock & Sheehan PC.

In 2009, Flaherty unsuccessfully ran for mayor, opening up his City Council seat. Speculation has been swirling since last year about his next steps.

“The fact is that members of the council are routinely marginalized by the mayor, kept in line by a carrot and stick approach that is counterproductive to spirited and thoughtful political debate,” he said in a statement. “I know this from first-hand experience and I will be the first to admit that, during my early council career, I was part of it. Gradually, however, you come to realize that this situation is unhealthy for the city, its finances and its future.”

In the release, Flaherty echoed some of criticisms he leveled during his mayoral run, saying some areas of the city had become “shooting galleries,” hitting the city’s school assignment policy, and pointing to the “huge crater” in Downtown Crossing in a reference to the stalled redevelopment of the former Filene’s Basement building.

Flaherty, a South Boston Democrat, also sought to head off questions about whether he is running to get back on the 13-member council in order to slingshot into another mayoral run in the future. He said in the release he was focused on running for City Council.

"If and when the appropriate time comes, I will assess future political options then. But right now, it is my goal to win election to the Boston City Council in November and to get back to work for the people of Boston,” he said.

Potential candidates need 1,500 certified signatures in order to make the fall ballot.

PREVIOUSLY: Flaherty says he will make decision in spring on At-Large run; Reporter's Notebook: On pastor’s show, Flaherty focus is Menino, Council

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Boston Elections Board needs to put the listings on their website.

Why are Boston Elections Commissioners serving both in the Elections Department Office and on the City Board of Elections?... Is it proper? Is it a conflict of interest?
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Boston City Council Potential candidates as of Thursday 5 May 2011.
POTENTIAL CANDIDATES
[for updates, email john.donovan at cityofboston.gov]
PRELIMINARY MUNICIPAL ELECTION
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
POTENTIAL CANDIDATES for COUNCILLOR-at-LARGE
Deshon Porter 39 Boylston Street Boston, Ma 02116
William B Feegbeh 251 Cambridge Street Allston, Ma 02134 857-237-6649
John R Connolly 12 Shaw Street West Roxbury, Ma 02132 617-635-3115 617-447-1302
Felix G Arroyo 93 Wachusett Street Jamaica Plain, Ma 02130 617-635-4205
Robert R. Frasca 440 Hanover Street Boston, Ma 02113 617-227-1533
Kenneth P Jervis 14 Burrill Place South Boston, Ma 02127 617-480-1123
Ayanna S. Pressley 1910 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester Ma 02124 617-635-4217
Will Dorcena 63 Gordon Avenue Hyde Park, Ma 02136 617-899-4076
Stephen J Murphy 141 Warren Avenue Hyde Park, Ma 02136 617-635-4376
Kevin R McCrea 218 West Springfield Street Boston, Ma 02118 617-267-2453
Abdillahi Mash Abdirahman 14 Guild Street Roxbury, Ma 02119 617-438-9087
Sean H Ryan 264 Lamartine Street Jamaica Plain, Ma 02130 617-504-3133
Thomas J Dooley III 112 Pinckney Street Boston, Ma 02114 617-529-8860

PRELIMINARY MUNICIPAL ELECTION
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
POTENTIAL CANDIDATES for DISTRICT CITY COUNCILLOR
DISTRICT ONE
Robert R. Frasca 440 Hanover Street Boston, Ma 02113 617-227-1533
Salvatore LaMattina 76 Montmorenci Avenue East Boston, Ma 02128 617-635-3200
DISTRICT TWO
Suzanne Lee 1 Nassau Street Boston, Ma 02111 617-566-9992 617-935-1211
Bill Linehan 128 G Street South Boston, Ma 02127 617-635-3203 617-224-6911
DISTRICT THREE
Doug Bennett 714 Adams Street Dorchester, Ma 02122 617-963-4213 `
Martin J Hogan 491 Ashmont Street Dorchester, Ma 02122 617-297-5771 `617-203-1791
Marydith E Tuitt 127 Fairmount Street Dorchester, Ma 02124 617-719-6813
John K O’Toole 114 Minot Street Dorchester, Ma 02122 617-201-7866 `617-287-9398
Robert P McDonagh 35 Auriga Street Dorchester, Ma 02122 617-839-9817
Henry C Paquin 26 Taft Street Dorchester, Ma 02125 617-792-3823
Doug Hurley 15 Penhallow Street Dorchester, Ma 02124 617-922-1990
Sean Weir 32 Myrtlebank Avenue Dorchester, Ma 02124 617-710-1110
Michael P Christopher 43 Grampian Way Dorchester, Ma 02125 617-825-5238
Craig M Galvin 23 Cheverus Road Dorchester, Ma 02124 617-436-2000
Leonard M Lee 11 Mather Street Dorchester, Ma 02124 617-204-2832
DISTRICT FOUR
Joseph A Jones Jr. 76 Bernard Street Dorchester, Ma 02124 857-221-1367
Charles Calvin Yancey 3 Hooper Street Dorchester, Ma 02124 617-635-3131
J R Rucker 103 Tonawanda Street Dorchester, Ma 02124 617-436-0815

PRELIMINARY MUNICIPAL ELECTION
SEPTEMBER 27, 2011
POTENTIAL CANDIDATES for DISTRICT CITY COUNCILLOR
DISTRICT FIVE
Rob Consalvo 18A Chittick Road Hyde Park, Ma 02136 617-361-5733 617-828-0129
DISTRICT SIX
Matt O’Malley 226 Jamaicaway Jamaica Plain, Ma 02130 617-935-9752 617-635-4220
DISTRICT SEVEN
Althea Garrison 98 Howard Avenue Dorchester, Ma 02125 617-407-7661
Tito Jackson 37 Schuyler Street Dorchester, Ma 02121 617-442-2837 617-635-3510
David James Wyatt 62 Weaver Court Roxbury, Ma 02119 617-442-4191 617-492-3076
Roy Owens 6 Woodville Street Roxbury, Ma 02119 617-541-4335
Sheneal Parker 30 Symphony Road Boston, Ma 02115 781-473-0640
Haywood Fennell Sr. 1850 Washington Street Boston, Ma 02118
Kevin A Dwire 25 Hawthorne Roxbury, Ma 02119 617-680-0085
Lee Buckley 840 A Shawmut Avenue Roxbury, Ma 02119 617-320-9396
DISTRICT EIGHT
Michael P Ross 214 Parker Hill Avenue Roxbury, Ma 02120 617-635-4225 617-708-0202
DISTRICT NINE
Mark S Ciommo 10 Oliva Road Brighton, Ma 02135 617-789-4693 617-635-3113