For Pressley, her work has only just begun

Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 5, 2009

By 8 a.m., 232 people had voted at the Holy Name Parish Hall in West Roxbury and Dorchester resident Ayanna Pressley had greeted most of them in her bid for an at-large seat on the Boston City Council. And that total nearly doubled to 439 voters by 9 a.m.

Despite weeks of long days of campaigning citywide, from the early morning hours of greeting people at MBTA stations to listening to their concerns at community meetings into the night, Pressley was just as enthusiastic as the day she announced her first-ever campaign for public office on April 28.  Read more

Tenacious Menino makes it five straight

Gintautas Dumcius and Mike Deehan, Contributing Reporters
Nov. 5, 2009

It was Mayor Thomas Menino's toughest test in sixteen years and he passed with the highest grade: The onetime Hyde Park city councillor bested challenger Michael Flaherty of South Boston by 16,355 votes, thereby rolling to his fifth term and into the city's history books.  Read more

Ross taps top operative as acting chief of staff

One day after she helped an ex-aide to U.S. Sen. John Kerry win the top slot in Newton City Hall, a veteran political operative is headed to Boston City Council President Michael Ross’s office.  Read more

(UPDATED) Vietnamese interpreter booted after allegedly promoting Flaherty

A Vietnamese-interpreting poll worker at the Kit Clark Apartments was removed from the polling location this morning after the person was accused of encouraging voters to pull the lever for City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty. A Menino supporter, who saw the incident but declined to identify himself to the Reporter, was at the scene and said the poll worker, upon being ejected, tossed his "inspector" badge at him before leaving. The Menino supporter then showed the Reporter the badge. A Menino campaign spokesman said that since the worker, who had been at the Catherine Clark Apartments at 915 Dorchester Ave., had been removed by city elections officials, there was no need for a legal challenge. The apartments serve as a polling place for Ward 13’s Precincts 7 and 8. A Flaherty campaign official dismissed any connection between the worker and their campaign, saying in reference to the Menino campaign, "If anybody’s doing anything out there, it’s them."

Originally we had heard from a Menino campaign attorney that the person was a "she." The Menino supporter who was at the scene of the incident says it was in fact a "he," actually. We're following the lead of the Herald and withholding the name until we do some more follow-up.

The connection between an At-Large race and a run-off in Afghanistan

Missing from the group of pols and volunteers who lined Blue Hill Ave. on Sunday afternoon for Ayanna Pressley’s City Council At-Large bid was the big gun who had hoped to be there for the weekend before the Nov. 3 election. But U.S. Sen. John Kerry, Pressley’s ex-boss, had a pretty good reason: Another election 6,600 miles
away.  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates' schedules - 11/2/2009

It's the day before Election Day. Mayor Thomas Menino delivers new books to a Brighton library (with a Red Sox player) and then holds a campaign rally in East Boston with local electeds. City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty will be in Dudley Square, the Greater Love Tabernacle and end the day with a campaign rally at the Carver Lodge.  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates' schedules - 11/1/2009

It's the Sunday before Election Day, and that means church visits are in order. Mayor Thomas Menino is in churches in Mattapan and the South End, while Team Floon is in Dorchester. Hibernian Hall will once again be the stage for an afternoon Menino rally, while Floon takes to the airwaves with radio interviews.  Read more

(UPDATED) WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates' schedules - 10/31/2009

The election is three days away. Mayor Thomas Menino will be at a "Parent University" and a Halloween party at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester. City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty will host a "tele-town hall," with fellow City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon moderating.  Read more

Kerry to campaign with Pressley

Confirming what we Tweeted yesterday, U.S. Sen. John Kerry's campaign folks have released his schedule for the weekend, with stops planned in West Roxbury and Mattapan. Kerry, a Vietnam vet who ran for president in 2004 and has been on Capitol Hill since 1984, will be out door-knocking, hitting churches and holding signs for his former political director, Ayanna Pressley. Pressley's City Council campaign has been careful of how to use Kerry, particularly since this is a local election. Kerry has been avidly following the race: he speaks and exchanges text messages with Pressley regularly. (Though when told of Kerry's plans yesterday, one City Council At-Large candidate couldn't resist taking a shot: "Nice to have him in town.") Full weekend schedule after the jump.  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: The candidates' schedules - 10/30/2009

The two mayoral candidates appear on WBUR's Radio Boston. Before that, Mayor Menino attends the ribbon-cutting for W Hotels and Residences. City Councillor Michael Flaherty appears on Dan Rea's WBZ radio show in the evening.  Read more