Murphy says he has enough votes for another go at top council slot
City Council President Stephen Murphy announced on Thursday he’s picked up enough votes for another term as the ceremonial head of the 13-member body.
Murphy’s office released a list of names supporting his bid in an email to reporters: City Councillors At-Large Felix Arroyo and John Connolly, as well as District Councillors Frank Baker (Dorchester), Mark Ciommo (Allston-Brighton), Rob Consalvo (Hyde Park), Tito Jackson (Dorchester), Sal LaMattina (East Boston), Bill Linehan (South Boston), and Matt O’Malley (Jamaica Plain).
Left off the list in the release: City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley and District Councillors Charles Yancey (Dorchester) and Michael Ross (Mission Hill).
The race was a departure from feistier battles for the council presidency, which becomes a powerful post if the mayor's office opens up and elevates a council president to acting mayor. Murphy, Ross and O’Malley were among the names City Hall insiders floated, but questions about who was up and who was down in the last few days were largely greeted with a shrug.
Murphy, first elected to the council in 1997, is expected to be elected to the presidency for the third time at the first council meeting of the year. The meeting is scheduled for Jan. 7.
Murphy will have the job, which comes with a large corner office and helps with fundraising, in a municipal election year. Michelle Wu, a South End resident and former Elizabeth Warren aide, has already formally thrown her hat in the ring and started fundraising for her at-large candidacy.
In 2011, when Murphy and his fellow councillors at-large were up for reelection and facing a challenge from former Councillor Michael Flaherty, Murphy played the role of council president and defender. He stressed that the incumbents – himself, Arroyo, Pressley and Connolly – functioned well together. (Though Murphy and Arroyo were apparently peeved when Pressley and Connolly broke off and campaigned together near the end of the race.) Murphy survived the election, barely edging Flaherty out of fourth place and retaining his seat on the council.
A Dorchester native who lives in Hyde Park, Murphy was reelected to the council presidency in January 2012. He frequently eyes a higher office, and in 2010, he unsuccessfully ran for state treasurer.
“I am humbled by the vote of confidence in my leadership expressed by my colleagues,” Murphy said in a statement Thursday. “The coming year will be a difficult one as the City of Boston faces a tough fiscal climate. I believe that through cooperation with my colleagues in government and the Mayor, I will be able to lead the City Council through another successful year.”