2013 elections

Reporter's Notebook: Youth group organizing mayoral forum

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 10, 2013

A coalition of Dorchester-based groups is putting together a mayoral forum to be held inside the First Parish Church on Meetinghouse Hill on Thurs. Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. Teens with the Cape Verdean Community (CVC) UNIDO’s Youth Leadership Academy are planning the event, which will focus on bilingual education and youth jobs as topics and feature questions from other neighborhood groups.

The other organizations involved, according to the CVC’s Peter Roby, include the Bowdoin Geneva Alliance, the Bowdoin Street Health Center, College Bound Dorchester, the Family Nurturing Center, the Friends of Ronan Park, the Richfield Street Association, the Ridgewood Street Association, the Ward 15 Democratic Committee, and the Meetinghouse Hill Civic Association.  Read more

Ballot order drawing set for Thursday

Wondering which candidates' names will be at the top of the municipal ballot in September? We'll find out on Thursday, July 11 at 11 a.m.

From the release sent out by the mayor's press office:  Read more

Consalvo and Walczak campaigns hire communications directors

Rob Consalvo’s mayoral campaign is bringing on a former spokesman for the Massachusetts Democratic Party as its communications director. Kevin Franck has also served as a spokesman for the Louisiana Democratic Party.

A former high school teacher with a master’s degree in education, Franck briefly served as communications director for the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Consalvo, the District 5 city councillor since 2002, is one of 12 people running for mayor.  Read more

Former Petruccelli aide joins Consalvo campaign

Ed Deveau, former chief of staff to state Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, has been hired as deputy campaign manager of Rob Consalvo’s mayoral bid. Marcus Ferrell, who has worked on state Senate campaigns in Florida, is serving as campaign manager.

Petruccelli, an East Boston Democrat who is backing Consalvo and emceed Consalvo’s recent kick-off, called Deveau “one of my closest advisors” in a statement released by the Consalvo campaign.  Read more

Greater Boston Labor Council votes to support Rep. Walsh for mayor

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 28, 2013

Rep. Marty WalshRep. Marty WalshIt took less than 10 minutes: After ten mayoral hopefuls stepped off the stage and left a Dorchester union hall on Thursday night, the Greater Boston Labor Council quickly voted to throw its support to state Rep. Marty Walsh.

Walsh, who has represented Dorchester in the state Legislature since 1997, is a former laborer and top union official. Earlier this year, after announcing his run for mayor, he stepped down from the job of secretary-treasurer of the Boston Building Trades Council.

A few hundred delegates to the Greater Boston Labor Council, which represents 90,000 union members in the area, were in the room for the voice vote. The council includes utility workers, machinists, and the building trades, among others.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: For Tom and Hillary, dinner and some chat

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 27, 2013

Mayor Thomas Menino and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down for a quiet dinner in the South End last Wednesday night, the mayor reported. Their dinner prompted some light chatter on Facebook and Twitter after they, along with Clinton’s security team, were spotted at Hamersley’s Bistro on Tremont Street.

“Both of us were talking about our transitions,” Menino told the Reporter, referring to his decision in March not to run for a sixth term and her departure from the State Department in February.  Read more

Candidates spar over an elected vs. appointed school panel

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 26, 2013

Three of the twelve candidates running for mayor, meeting in a forum on Tuesday at the Palm restaurant at One International Place, differed among themselves on whether the city’s School Committee should consist of elected or mayorally appointed members.  Read more

Former Patrick campaign aide, back from LA, signs onto Ross's mayoral bid

A former campaign aide to Los Angeles Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti and Gov. Deval Patrick is signing on with City Councillor Michael Ross’s mayoral campaign. Josh Gee, who served as new media director for Patrick’s 2010 reelection campaign, has returned to Boston after working as digital director for Garcetti, and taken the job of communications director for Ross.  Read more

Arroyo wants to offer opportunities like those that helped his family

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City Councillor-at-Large Felix Arroyo participated in an anti-violence walk in Grove Hall last weekend. Photo courtesy Arroyo campaign

On a chilly May morning outside a Dunkin’ Donuts in Fields Corner, Felix G. Arroyo was pouring on the charm.

“I want to know how you look so good at your age,” Arroyo said, recognizing the 80-year-old man approaching him. “Eat good food,” the old man said. “I already messed that up today,” Arroyo said as the man signed the nomination papers needed to get Arroyo onto the mayoral ballot.  Read more

Ross’s odyssey meant to show his concern for the neighborhoods

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City Councillor Mike Ross spoke at a campaign event last week. Photo by Amaury Fontenele

As the Volvo sped westbound on Storrow Drive last Thursday night, Gustavo Quiroga, in the passenger seat, sketched out what had happened over the previous 36 hours.

Quiroga and the driver, City Councillor Michael Ross, along with campaign manager Cayce McCabe had been up since roughly 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Twelve hours later, Ross and friends were at the State Room in downtown Boston, where he kicked off his mayoral campaign in front of 350 people, before heading to Darryl’s Corner Bar in Roxbury.  Read more