Politics

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 30, 2013

36 days to Nov. 5. Fifteen days until the first debate between the two finalists. After spending the weekend trading statements over an arbitration award, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly and state Rep. Marty Walsh enter the first full week of campaigning as finalists with light schedules. Walsh plans to restart “Mondays with Marty,” meet-and-greets with small groups of voters. Connolly, will be greeting voters in Jamaica Plain and then heading to Roxbury Community College. The college plans to kick off a partnership with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. Gov.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 28, 2013

38 days to Nov. 5. The campaigns of state Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly have agreed on three debates before the final election:

Tuesday, October 15, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., hosted by WBZ-TV, WBZ 1030 AM, and the Boston Globe, with Jon Keller and a Globe correspondent

Tuesday, October 22, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., hosted by WGBH-TV and WGBH-Radio, with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 27, 2013

39 days to Nov. 5. The first issue the finalists have decided to spar over became clear yesterday: The Boston version of the People’s Pledge, an attempt to limit the influence of outside groups that was first proposed by Republican Scott Brown and modified by City Councillor Rob Consalvo. The pledge was so wildly popular with voters that Consalvo placed seventh out of twelve in the preliminary.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 26, 2013

40 days to Nov. 5. After months of forums with ten other candidates, the two finalists in the race for mayor, state Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly, are hoping to put a limit to the number of times they face off.  Read more

Newcomer Essaibi-George grabs 7th spot in at-large race

By 
Dave Eisenstadter, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 26, 2013

Annissa Essaibi-George celebrated her preliminary win in Tuesday's election with supporters at her home. Photo courtesy Essaibi-George campaign

It was as a mother that Annissa-Essaibi George campaigned for an at-large City Councilor seat. And it was as a mother that the Dorchester resident made her victory speech.

One of her triplets, seven-year-old Charlie, made the announcement – “Annissa was in the top eight… She finished in seventh place!”

The small business owner and mother of four – 7-year-olds Charlie, Kayden, and Samir, and 8-year-old Douglas – will go on to the November election. She celebrated at her Mayhew Street home with dozens of supporters, among them a fair number well below voting age.  Read more

Back on Hill, Walsh pledges to "keep it positive"

By 
Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Sep. 25, 2013

Fresh off his Boston mayoral preliminary election win, Rep. Marty Walsh began the next stage of his campaign on Wednesday, shaking hands outside the Savin Hill T stop and making calls to business leaders to seek their support, including Patriots owner Robert Kraft.  Read more

Where were all the voters?

Chittick School on Mattapan-Hyde Park line: This voting station in Ward 18 can be a powerhouse double-precinct— and often is on a big election day. That wasn't the case on Tuesday, where even the evening rush was muted. Above, poll workers wait for some action outside of the precinct doors. Chittick School on Mattapan-Hyde Park line: This voting station in Ward 18 can be a powerhouse double-precinct— and often is on a big election day. That wasn't the case on Tuesday, where even the evening rush was muted. Above, poll workers wait for some action outside of the precinct doors.

The first of two elections to choose the next mayor of Boston has come and gone. Two finalists have been chosen. It’ll be an exciting and informative six weeks until the Nov. 5 balloting.

A little more than 30 percent of Bostonians who are registered to vote in the city made their ways to the polls on Tuesday, a day that dawned with blue skies that persisted through a glorious, 60-degree mid-September day.

To the 113,222 Bostonians who took the five or ten minutes out of their day to wait in a short line (or more than likely, no line) to cast their ballot in the first open mayor’s race in a generation: Thank you for doing your civic duty.  Read more

Analysis: His district’s voters, Southie count fueled Walsh’s first-place finish

Rep. Marty Walsh’s strong first-place finish in Tuesday’s preliminary election came as a surprise to most observers — mainly because pre-election day polls had Walsh finishing second to City Councillor John Connolly.

There’s another reason why Walsh’s election-day performance may have been underestimated: The Savin Hill native has not been personally tested at the ballot box in any meaningful way since 1997, when he prevailed in a special election to win his 13th Suffolk House seat.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 25, 2013

41 days to the Nov. 5 final. State Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly start a sprint to the finish on Wednesday after receiving the most votes out of a field of 12. Both have their day jobs to attend to: On Beacon Hill, the state Legislature will be in full formal session in the afternoon and likely take up a tech tax repeal bill. A new member of the Dorchester delegation will be sworn in as well: Dan Cullinane, who won the 12th Suffolk House seat in a Sept. 10 special election. Inside City Hall, the 13-member Council will meet at noon.  Read more

Pressley tops ticket in at-large prelim; Essaibi George also makes ballot

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 25, 2013

City Councillor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley once again topped the citywide council ticket on Tuesday. She is shown above outside the Cristo Rey School on Savin Hill Ave. Photo by Bill Forry

The at-large ballot in November will feature two Dorchester residents, while three fell short.  Read more