2013 elections

Suffolk Downs pact with city puts casino vote issue in spotlight

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 28, 2013

On a humid Tuesday afternoon, Bill Walczak was waiting outside City Hall. His mayoral campaign, like the others struggling for attention in a 12-person field, had just been handed a small gift from a few floors above: an agreement between the city and Suffolk Downs to bring money, jobs, and a $1 billion casino to East Boston. In other words, something specific to run against, aside from his opponents.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Aug. 27, 2013

The Sept. 24 preliminary is 27 days away. In today's round-up: City Councillor Michael Ross releases his first TV ad, while fellow City Councillor Rob Consalvo highlights a blighted property in his new ad.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Aug. 26, 2013

There are 28 days left before the Sept. 24 preliminary and 70 days left before the Nov. 5 final election.

-- Bill Walczak’s campaign has released its first television ad, scheduled to air on WCVB during the 6 p.m. hour, his campaign said. The ad focuses on Walczak’s work at the Codman Square Health Center and the Codman Academy charter school. “Come on Boston, let’s think big!” Walczak says at the end. His campaign did not respond to a request for details about the ad buy.

The ad is below.  Read more

Candidates talk policy in Dorchester Reporter survey

In July, the Dorchester Reporter prepared its own questionnaire for mayoral candidates and asked each of the 12 candidates on the Sept. ballot to participate. To date, nine of the 12 candidates have submitted the survey, which included biographical questions, details about their political ideology and specific policy questions that have both citywide and neighborhood-specific implications. The Reporter also included a "case study" section that asks candidates how they would deal with a longstanding redevelopment question in Uphams Corner: the Leon Electric Building.  Read more

Mayoral candidates respond to Reporter survey

Candidates for mayor are shown during a candidate's forum on Youth Jobs held on Aug. 13 in Boston. Photo by Chris Lovett

Nine of the twelve mayoral candidates have weighed in on a host of topics – from gun violence to the names of their role models – that were included in a questionnaire they received from the Dorchester Reporter. They offer varied and sometimes lengthy responses as to how they would deal with the key issues facing the city, and a new administration.  Read more

Connolly rejects outside money and embraces 'People's Pledge'

By 
Andy Metzger and Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Aug. 21, 2013

Connolly Embraces Ed Reform Support, Minus Money from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

Stand for Children, an education reform group, was poised Wednesday to spend $500,000 to benefit the Boston mayoral campaign of City Councilor John Connolly. The candidate, however, had different plans and publicly rejected the outside spending during a press conference outside City Hall.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Aug. 20, 2013

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 20, 2013

There are 34 days left until the Sept. 24 preliminary election and 76 days until the Nov. 5 final election.  Read more

In radio ad launching Tuesday, Consalvo pushes his ‘People’s Pledge’

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 19, 2013

City Councillor Rob Consalvo is again challenging his rivals to sign onto his pledge to limit the influence of independent expenditure groups in the race to succeed Mayor Thomas Menino. This time, he’s doing it on the radio.

“What we don’t need is the interference of special interest groups and undisclosed money,” Consalvo, a Hyde Park councilor who also represents Mattapan and part of Roslindale, says in a 60-second spot scheduled to start Tuesday on news and talk radio stations. “This campaign should be a conversation between the candidates and the people of Boston.”  Read more

Rep. Walsh drawing fire from mayoral rivals

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 19, 2013

City Councillor Michael Ross on Sunday became the latest mayoral candidate to take aim at state Rep. Marty Walsh, a fellow mayoral hopeful. Standing outside the State House, Ross hit Walsh for voting for a transportation financing package that “does not address our needs.”

Ross’s targeting of the Dorchester lawmaker followed District Attorney Dan Conley’s efforts. Conley, a former city councillor, clashed with Rep. Walsh in a mini-debate on Boston Herald Radio in early August and later, redirected a question at Walsh at a forum inside a Roxbury restaurant.  Read more

It’s another girl for the Connollys

City Councillor John Connolly and his wife, who live in West Roxbury, also have two additional kids, Clare and Teddy.  Read more