First on the mayoral ballot (Clemons) and last on at-large ballot (Essaibi George) look at the ballot order board pic.twitter.com/ngMiWJONN6
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District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo, a mayoral candidate whose council district is majority-minority, sent a letter on Wednesday to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, urging “swift passage” of an immigration reform bill. Noting that Boston has the sixth highest percentage of foreign-born residents, Consalvo, a grandson of immigrants, wrote, “too many of Boston’s residents are trapped in a Byzantine system that limits their potential contributions to our community and the nation.” Read more
Jul. 11, 2013
Beacon Hill leaders are warring with Gov. Deval Patrick over the $34 billion budget sitting on his desk, and the Bay State’s chief executive is expected to take his time in reviewing the spending plan.
But local lawmakers say the fiscal year 2014 budget contains a number of items of interest to Dorchester and Mattapan residents, ranging from low-income rental assistance and youth jobs to higher education and substance abuse services.
According to state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s office, tuition rates at public colleges and universities are expected to stabilize after years of increases, if the $478 million slotted for them – a $50 million increase over last year – stays in the budget. Read more
Jul. 10, 2013
A coalition of Dorchester-based groups is putting together a mayoral forum to be held inside the First Parish Church on Meetinghouse Hill on Thurs. Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. Teens with the Cape Verdean Community (CVC) UNIDO’s Youth Leadership Academy are planning the event, which will focus on bilingual education and youth jobs as topics and feature questions from other neighborhood groups.
The other organizations involved, according to the CVC’s Peter Roby, include the Bowdoin Geneva Alliance, the Bowdoin Street Health Center, College Bound Dorchester, the Family Nurturing Center, the Friends of Ronan Park, the Richfield Street Association, the Ridgewood Street Association, the Ward 15 Democratic Committee, and the Meetinghouse Hill Civic Association. Read more
Wondering which candidates' names will be at the top of the municipal ballot in September? We'll find out on Thursday, July 11 at 11 a.m.
From the release sent out by the mayor's press office: Read more
Rob Consalvo’s mayoral campaign is bringing on a former spokesman for the Massachusetts Democratic Party as its communications director. Kevin Franck has also served as a spokesman for the Louisiana Democratic Party.
A former high school teacher with a master’s degree in education, Franck briefly served as communications director for the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
Consalvo, the District 5 city councillor since 2002, is one of 12 people running for mayor. Read more
Jul. 8, 2013
With three top Senate Democrats out of the country this week and the House showing no sense of urgency to resolve a disagreement with Gov. Deval Patrick over tolling and taxes, Patrick may have to make decisions about the affordability of items in the $34 billion state budget without knowing the fate of new revenues counted upon to balance the annual budget. Read more
Ed Deveau, former chief of staff to state Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, has been hired as deputy campaign manager of Rob Consalvo’s mayoral bid. Marcus Ferrell, who has worked on state Senate campaigns in Florida, is serving as campaign manager.
Petruccelli, an East Boston Democrat who is backing Consalvo and emceed Consalvo’s recent kick-off, called Deveau “one of my closest advisors” in a statement released by the Consalvo campaign. Read more
Jul. 3, 2013
City councillors last week unanimously approved Mayor Thomas Menino’s final spending bill, which, for fiscal year 2014, consists of a $2.6 billion operating plan and a five-year $1.8 billion capital plan. The budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which began on Monday, focuses on education, housing, and online learning. Read more
Jul. 3, 2013
Voters in parts of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roslindale will likely be seeing double when they pull their ballots at polling stations this fall: District 4 Councillor Charles Yancey is mounting a campaign for reelection while also tossing his hat into the multi-candidate race for the mayoral seat left open when his longtime sparring partner, Mayor Thomas Menino, announced he wouldn’t be seeking a sixth term.
According to the Election Department, Yancey has picked up enough signatures to qualify for both offices. He is allowed to run for the two positions simultaneously, but if he wins both, he will be restricted to serving in one or the other.
But Yancey’s double bid – and the City Council’s redrawing of district boundaries across the city – has led three challengers to eye the District 4 seat Yancey has held since 1983. And none of the three is keen on Yancey running for both. Read more