State Rep. Brian Wallace, a South Boston Democrat whose district includes a part of Uphams Corner, may face a challenger at the ballot box next year: local Democratic activist Michael McGee.
McGee, a South Boston attorney, was a campaign coordinator in Ward 6 for Michael Flahertyâ€™s mayoral bid and organized volunteers for Barack obamaâ€™s presidential campaign. McGee said he hoped to start a neighborhood discussion on local issues such as crime and education. â€œI got a big bug for hitting doors and organizing people,â€ he said. â€œI think the debate and bringing those issues to the forefront is healthy to the neighborhood. Itâ€™s not about Brian.â€
Wallace was also a Flaherty backer, which McGee called a â€œcourageousâ€ move. Wallace was one of the few state representatives who backed Flaherty's mayoral campaign.
McGee said he has spoken with Wallace, who told him heâ€™s running again.
One big difference between the two of them: McGee isnâ€™t wild about casinos, citing â€œnegative illsâ€ such as compulsive gambling and accompanying drug activity and violence. Wallace, along with state Rep. Marty Walsh (D-Savin Hill), is a staunch backer of casinos. McGee says that while he opposes casinos in urban areas, he is open to siting one in a less urban part of Massachusetts.
Elected in 2002, Wallace serves on the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.