Politics

Rep. Rushing to join Boston Public Library trustees' board

Rep. Byron Rushing: Speaking at a Save Our Libraries rally on City Hall plaza in June. Photo courtesy Dan Currie.Rep. Byron Rushing: Speaking at a Save Our Libraries rally on City Hall plaza in June.  Read more

Henriquez squeezes by Lawton to win Fifth Suffolk nomination; possible recount looms

By 
Pat Tarantino, Special to the Reporter and Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Sep. 15, 2010

Carlos Henriquez addressing supporters at his campaign launch. Eric Esteves photoCarlos Henriquez addressing supporters at his campaign launch. Eric Esteves photo
(Updated 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16)— When we last looked at the Fifth Suffolk state representative race, community activist Carlos Henriquez had won the unofficial ballot count by 41 votes and high school teacher and former Beacon Hill aide Barry Lawton sent a text message to editors saying, "It's not over."

On Thursday morning Lawton told the Reporter: "We're weighing all options right now." Those options include requesting a recount (which would require signature-gathering to commence) as well as a write-in candidacy in the general election.

"I want to have a few days from it," he said of the primary.

Pressed on whether he would wage a write-in campaign, Lawton said, "I think conditions will be different in the general election."  Read more

It’s Holmes in the Sixth, Collins wins in Fourth

By 
Alex Owens, Special to the Reporter
Sep. 15, 2010

Mattapan community activist Russell Holmes yesterday won a five-way Democratic primary for state representative in the Sixth Suffolk District, besting a City Hall aide and the head of the local chapter of the NAACP, among others, in the race to replace retiring state Rep. Willie Mae Allen.
Russell Holmes awaits final tally at his headquarters Tuesday night. Photo by Alex OwensRussell Holmes awaits final tally at his headquarters Tuesday night. Photo by Alex Owens

Holmes received 910 votes, or 32.94 percent of the total cast, according to an unofficial tally of votes by the city of Boston’s Elections Department. Karen Payne, a local NAACP chief who is active in Democratic power circles, received 622 votes, or 22.51 percent. Darrin Howell, an aide to City Councillor Chuck Turner, garnered 16 percent, or 442 votes.

The other candidates vying to replace Allen, former candidate Kathy Gabriel and local justice of the peace Divo Monteiro, received 14.8 percent and 2.82 percent of the vote, respectively.
No Republicans were on the ballot, meaning Holmes can cruise to victory on Nov. 2 and will take the oath of office in January.  Read more

Chang-Diaz wins in Second Suffolk; Collins, Holmes winners in rep seats; Henriquez tops Lawton in Fifth

By 
Reporter Staff
Sep. 14, 2010

Russell Holmes: Topped the ticket in the Sixth Suffolk race. Photo by Alex OwensRussell Holmes: Topped the ticket in the Sixth Suffolk race. Photo by Alex OwensUpdated: Carlos Henriquez has won a majority of votes in the race to replace Marie St. Fleur in the Fifth Suffolk district. Unofficial results from the city of Boston's election department show Henriquez with a 41 vote advantage over Barry Lawton. It is not yet clear whether Lawton will seek a recount.

The Fifth Suffolk race was the city's closest contest of the primary election as results see-sawed between Henriquez and Lawton throughout Tuesday night. Finally, after 11 p.m., the city's website was updated with the results from a straggler precinct that gave Henriquez his 41 vote margin.

State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz has defeated her primary opponent Hassan Williams in the Second Suffolk district, according to unofficial results gathered by the Reporter, which has correspondents with both campaigns tonight. Chang-Diaz faces a clear path to re-election in November.

Nick Collins defeated three other Democrats to win his party's nomination in the hotly contested race to succeed Rep. Brian Wallace as the Fourth Suffolk state representative. Collins beat out his closest rival Mark McGonagle, who made an appearance tonight at Collins' victory party in South Boston. Collins will face-off against Republican Patrick Brennan in November.

Russell Holmes, a businessman and community activist, has topped the ticket in the Sixth Suffolk Democratic primary. Holmes will replace outgoing state Rep. Willie Mae Allen, who is retiring in January. There is no Republican opponent for Holmes in November.  Read more

Primary night plans

For updates on tonight's election results, check this blog and Twitter: www.twitter.com/gintautasd.

As for the Primary Night parties, here's the ones we know:

FOURTH SUFFOLK: Mark McGonagle is at Amrheins; Nick Collins is at Stadium; Michael McGee at Fitzgerald Post on 4th St.

FIFTH SUFFOLK: Barry Lawton is at 302 Bowdoin St., his headquarters. Carlos Henriquez will be at Restaurant Cesaria on Bowdoin St.

SIXTH SUFFOLK: Russell Holmes is at 1184 Blue Hill Ave; Darrin Howell is at 1114 Blue Hill Ave; and Karen Payne is at the VFW at 800 Morton St.

SECOND SUFFOLK: State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz is at Milky Way in Jamaica Plain; challenger Hassan Williams is at 2821 Washington St. in Roxbury.  Read more

In last minute move, St. Fleur backs Henriquez in Fifth Suffolk

Former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur is making a last-minute endorsement in the race to succeed her, backing Carlos Henriquez in the four-way Democratic primary.  Read more

Early voting seen as very low in Boston

By 
Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Sep. 14, 2010

Just over 9,000 voters cast primary ballots in Boston by 9 a.m. Tuesday, down 60 percent from the same timeframe four years ago, when a contested gubernatorial primary topped the Democratic ballot.

DEVELOPING: St. Fleur makes last minute endorsement in Fifth Suffolk

In the first two hours of primary voting, 2.47 percent of Boston’s electorate had cast ballots, according to figures compiled by the city and delivered to Secretary of State William Galvin’s office. In 2006, 6.17 percent of the electorate had cast votes by 9 a.m. The polls opened at 7 a.m.  Read more

So about that new political tone in Southie

As Primary Day draws closer, the race to replace state Rep. Brian Wallace (D-South Boston) is heating up, with allegations of prank phone calls and stolen campaign literature.  Read more

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Flammable and Inflammable mean the same thing

By 
Jim O'Sullivan, State House News
Sep. 10, 2010

It can be hard for us plebes – we, the mediocre unwashed, the plebes, the groundlings – to grasp the fantastic mental perambulations and intellectual high-wire acts executed by the likes of those who attended that ivy-wreathed citadel of higher learning across the Charles. Just ask Tim Cahill.  Read more

WHERE THEY ARE: Primary Night, Ninth Congressional/Democratic Edition

The following is where the Democratic candidates running in the Ninth Congressional District will be on Sept. 14, Primary Night.

CONGRESSMAN STEPHEN LYNCH: Lynch will be at the McKeon Post, 4 Hill Top St., in Dorchester.

DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER MAC D'ALESSANDRO: D'Alessandro will be at Abby Park, 550 Adams St., Milton.