Politics

#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

The verdict is in: Walsh vs. Connolly for mayor’s chair

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor and Mike Deehan, Reporter Staff
Sep. 24, 2013

State Rep. Marty Walsh waved to supporters at his victory celebration at Venezia restaurant in Port Norfolk. Photo by Mike Deehan

On Nov. 5, voters will pick either State Rep. Marty Walsh of Dorchester or City Councillor At-Large John Connolly, the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s preliminary, as the next mayor of Boston.  Read more

Polls open as candidates make last-minute bids for votes

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 24, 2013

Decision Day: State Rep. Marty Walsh greeted a voter outside of the Cristo Rey School on Savin Hill Ave. this morning. Photo by Bill ForryDecision Day: State Rep. Marty Walsh greeted a voter outside of the Cristo Rey School on Savin Hill Ave. this morning. Photo by Bill Forry

Dorchester state Rep. Marty Walsh planned to greet voters outside McKenna’s Café, down the street from his Tuttle Street home in Savin Hill, as polls opened at 7 a.m. across the city. About 7 miles away, District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo was scheduled to cast his vote at the Blake Estates on Hyde Park Ave. And three miles away from there, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly was set to greet voters at about 7:30 a.m. at St. George Orthodox Church in West Roxbury.

Preliminary election: Bill Walczak, with his daughter Elizabeth, highlighted his opposition to a casino in Boston on his election day signage. The two are shown outside the Cristo Rey School where the candidate voted this morning. Photo by Bill ForryPreliminary election: Bill Walczak, with his daughter Elizabeth, highlighted his opposition to a casino in Boston on his election day signage. The two are shown outside the Cristo Rey School where the candidate voted this morning. Photo by Bill Forry

Nine other candidates have similar schedules. For the first time in 30 years, the municipal ballot will not include the name Thomas Menino. Twelve names will be there instead, along with dozens of candidates looking to snag a City Council at-large slot or a district seat. Today’s preliminary will whittle the field of mayoral candidates to two, and the number of at-large candidates to eight.

Barros on Bowdoin: Candidate John Barros greeted a voter outside of the Pasciucco Apartments on Tuesday. Photo by Bill ForryBarros on Bowdoin: Candidate John Barros greeted a voter outside of the Pasciucco Apartments on Tuesday. Photo by Bill ForryPolls in the last week have shown what appears to be the solidification of a top tier, as many political observers had predicted months ago: Connolly and Walsh, two candidates who have been running for mayor longer than the other major contenders in the field; Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley, who started with a significant cash advantage; and former Dorchester state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, the lone woman in the race and a former aide to Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick.

But the campaigns of the other contenders will argue they have a fair shot at the final, too, because of the high number of undecided voters that could break their way, the polls undercounting their supporters, or their below-the-radar ground game. The rest of the field includes Consalvo, former School Committee member John Barros, District 5 Councillor Michael Ross, City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo, and Savin Hill activist Bill Walczak. District 4 Councillor Charles Yancey is running for mayor and his council seat. TOUCH 106.1 FM’s Charles Clemons and Roxbury Republican David James Wyatt are also on the ballot.

Secretary Bill Galvin, who oversees the state’s elections department, predicted that turnout will be higher than in the 2009 preliminary, when Menino faced off against two city councillors at-large and a South End activist. That year, 82,000 voters showed up at the polls. Galvin said turnout could be around 100,000 this year, and possibly as high as 125,000, depending on the intensity of interest in the race.

Richie on the Trail: The candidate is shown with supporters Dennis and Eddie Callahan in Charlestown this morning. Photo courtesy Richie campaignRichie on the Trail: The candidate is shown with supporters Dennis and Eddie Callahan in Charlestown this morning. Photo courtesy Richie campaign
The intensity of candidates’ campaigns is another matter: Galvin expressed concern that voters will have to run a “gauntlet” of campaign supporters attempting to influence voters on their way into their polling place. Galvin said the law forbidding campaigning within 150 feet of a polling location will be enforced. The race for mayor has been largely congenial, Galvin said. “I want to make sure it has a congenial ending.”

In the South End on Sunday, City Councillor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo canvassed with state Rep. Byron Rushing, running into a corner store and a hair salon and chatting up voters inside. They came upon one home with one bumper sticker after the other pasted onto her door, from Jesse Jackson’s run for president, Mel King’s run for Congress, to Rushing’s campaigns for state representative. “Let me tell you, I’m an old lady. I’ve been voting since I’ve been allowed to,” said the bumper stickers’ owner, Beverly Adams, as Arroyo placed a sticker with his name on the door.

Seeing Arroyo with Rushing helped win her over, she said. “I remember when his dad first ran,” she said, referring to Felix D. Arroyo, who also served on the City Council. “He’s charming. He’s personable. And I think he means what he says.”  Read more