2013 elections

Mayoral Candidate Video Survey: Education

The second part of DotNews.com's video survey of the candidates running for mayor of Boston focuses on education. Ten members of the 12-person field offer differing views on the city's school committee, charter school cap, superintendent search and more. To see the candidate's full response about how to improve Boston's schools, just click on the banner above his or her name.

Click here to see the first part of the series, the candidate's views on public safety and crime.

Consalvo camp releases TV spot: “All In for Boston”

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 12, 2013

City Councillor Rob Consalvo’s mayoral campaign unveiled its first TV spot on Monday night. The ad, titled “All In for Boston,” notes that he worked for the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and his support for a felony gun offender registry.  Read more

Ross puts focus on public safety at Roxbury event

Through the leaves on the trees at the intersection of Harold and Holworthy, you can glimpse the John Hancock tower. A symbol of downtown Boston’s economic vitality, it often seems farther than three miles away for the residents of this corner of Roxbury.  Read more

Barros camp launches biographical web video

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 7, 2013

John Barros's mayoral campaign on Wednesday launched a biographical web video that it said it plans to promote on newspaper and ethnic media websites. The campaign is also purchasing ad space on Twitter and Facebook, it said.

Barros is the former executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and stepped down from his post on the 7-member School Committee to run for mayor earlier this year.

District Attorney Conley questions legality of East Boston-only casino vote

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 5, 2013

Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, a candidate for mayor, on Sunday raised questions about the legality of an East Boston-only vote on a Suffolk Downs casino. Conley added that the 13-member City Council should “come to their senses” and move to endorse a city-wide vote.  Read more

In Roxbury rally, Golar Richie touts City Hall experience

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 1, 2013

Charlotte Golar Richie: Former state rep and city Housing chief highlighted her experience as a mom, lawmaker and Menino cabinet member in a Wednesday night speech. Above, Richie is shown at an event at the Roxbury YMCA last Saturday. Photo by Bill ForryCharlotte Golar Richie: Former state rep and city Housing chief highlighted her experience as a mom, lawmaker and Menino cabinet member in a Wednesday night speech. Above, Richie is shown at an event at the Roxbury YMCA last Saturday. Photo by Bill ForryCharlotte Golar Richie shed her sometimes reserved demeanor on Wednesday night, dancing her way to the podium inside Hibernian Hall and pitching her candidacy to a friendly crowd of several hundred supporters.

Before her speech, pictures of her and Mayor Thomas Menino, the man she’s hoping to succeed, were projected onto a screen above the podium — featuring candid shots of the pair during her tenure as his housing chief. Members of Team Menino, like Darryl Smith, a top operative for the mayor in Mattapan and Dorchester, circulated through the crowd.  Read more

(UPDATED) Forums, forums, forums

Looking to catch a mayoral candidate in action? A list of forums and debates taking place over the next two months, as the city edges closer towards the Sept. 24 preliminary, is available after the jump. The list is a work-in-progress: times and dates are subject to change, and there are forums and debates we've probably missed. If you want to submit a listing, email newseditor@dotnews.com with the information.  Read more

Barros on the trail: 'It really is about human contact'

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 30, 2013

Mayoral candidate John Barros greeted a voter at Ashmont station on Tuesday morning. Photo by Gintautas Dumcius

“My husband is running for mayor of Boston,” said Tchintcia Barros, who was standing outside the door as people poured out of the Route 27 bus on a Monday morning. “Good morning, my husband is running for mayor of Boston,” she said. “Good morning, my husband John Barros is running for mayor of Boston,” she said again as they hurried to catch the train.

“I’m not political,” one woman responded, heading into the Ashmont MBTA station. “I’m all set,” a second woman said, waving her hand. A third woman stopped and smiled as Tchintcia (pronounced chin-see-ah) handed her some campaign literature. Another commuter pulled headphones out of his ears to listen to her pitch.  Read more

Walczak pitches environmental plan, warns of climate change impacts

Walczak on Morrissey Boulevard: Mayoral candidate Bill Walczak used a red yardstick as he discussed his concerns about the regular tidal flooding that he says is worsening on Morrissey Boulevard. Photo by Gintautas DumciusWalczak on Morrissey Boulevard: Mayoral candidate Bill Walczak used a red yardstick as he discussed his concerns about the regular tidal flooding that he says is worsening on Morrissey Boulevard. Photo by Gintautas Dumcius

Bill Walczak is a self-described “map freak.”

There are maps of Dorchester, Boston and New England all over the walls of his home up on Savin Hill. The maps show a Boston before parts were filled in to make new neighborhoods and new roads, before climate change entered the broader public conversation.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: July 24, 2013

There are 62 days, or two months, left until the Sept. 24 preliminary election.

-- Boston.com will be hosting mini-debates next month, set up similar to the MassINC/CommonWealth magazine forums at the Palm restaurant. The mini-debates will be held at the Globe Lab, inside the Boston Globe’s headquarters on Morrissey Blvd.

More details here; the schedule is below:

On August 7, 2013 at 7pm we welcome:
City Councilor Rob Consalvo
City Councilor Mike Ross
State Representative Martin "Marty" Walsh