2013 elections

New manager for Walczak’s mayoral campaign

Reuben Kantor, who signed on as the manager of Bill Walczak’s mayoral campaign, is stepping down, he said Wednesday night. Kantor, who has worked on campaigns for Gov. Deval Patrick and City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, cited a hefty schedule that took its toll when he took the job in April.  Read more

#BosPoli Round-Up for Monday, June 17: No Shortage of Forums

And then there were 12. Possibly. Probably. The signatures necessary to get on the municipal ballot must be verified by June 25, and there’s still an opportunity for contenders who fell short to push for a review.

But the rest of the field will press on: A number of them marched in the Bunker Hill Day Parade on Sunday. Their schedules are becoming littered with forums and their campaign coffers are also filling up.

Here’s a list of some of the upcoming forums and get-togethers:

Newmarket Business Association Mayoral Meet-and-Greet

Mayoral hopefuls talk education in Roslindale forum

Mayoral Candidates Address Education from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

The candidates sat almost shoulder-to-shoulder on the stage inside Edward Brooke Charter School’s auditorium, five on either side of the moderator.

Even with no opening or closing statements allowed, candidates looked down at the table, out into the large crowd, or quietly joked with one another as they waited for their turn. One question took fifteen minutes to get through, as each candidate weighed in with their response to the various questions.

Welcome to the life of a mayoral contender for the foreseeable future.  Read more

Barros wants to energize city’s young professionals

John Barros

On the night of March 27, John Barros’s cell phone would not stop buzzing with text messages. As he sat at a School Committee meeting around the corner from City Hall, word was quickly circulating that Mayor Thomas Menino would not be running for reelection.

Appointed to the seven-member committee three and a half years ago, Barros would join the crowd of well-wishers and elected officials the next day at Faneuil Hall when Menino formally announced his intention to bow out. And less than a month later, he would resign from the committee, one of his last steps toward launching a mayoral campaign.  Read more

Savin Hill’s Bill Walczak: ‘I love being involved’


Bill Walczak used to look outside his window at sunrise and see shards of broken glass everywhere. Savin Hill Park, with its expansive views of the rest of the neighborhood, the gas tank and Dorchester Bay, was often a “total wreck” when he first moved to Rockmere Street some 30 years ago.

The first year he lived there, he would head out the door with a rake because he was tired of seeing all that glassy trash. Soon, a neighbor joined him in the clean-up and today, three decades later, a group of volunteers goes to the park every year, sweeping away debris and overgrown thorn bushes.

“Some of my neighbors ‘round here used to say, ‘Geez, I wish they would just close that park,’ because it was so filled with problems,” Walczak said in an interview with the Reporter. “But now it’s a huge asset and it’s people coming together that did that, the neighborhood coming together. I just was the guy that put the sign up that said, ‘Hey, we can clean this park.’ ”  Read more

Mayoral field takes shape; nine on ballot so far

Charlotte Golar Richie: Meetinghouse Hill resident certified for mayoral ballot on May 28. Photo by Eric EstevesCharlotte Golar Richie: Meetinghouse Hill resident certified for mayoral ballot on May 28. Photo by Eric EstevesThe mayoral ballot gained its eighth and ninth candidates this week, with the city Election Department saying that former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie and Codman Square Health Center co-founder Bill Walczak had gathered enough verified signatures from voters.

District 4 Councillor Charles Yancey has also made the ballot for mayor and for his district seat; he is running for both offices. Yancey has repeatedly defended running for dual positions to reporters, pointing to Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin running for both vice president and reelection to Congress last year.

Two potential candidates so far have enough signatures to challenge Yancey for his District 4 seat, which includes Dorchester and Mattapan: Divo Monteiro and Terrance Williams, both of Dorchester.  Read more

Dot fields bumper crop of mayoral candidates

When Jim Brett was a longtime state representative running for mayor in 1993, he was the only candidate on the ballot who was also a Dorchester resident. He was up against Hyde Park City Councillor Thomas Menino, who would go on to win the coveted job.

Twenty years later, Savin Hill’s Marty Walsh holds Brett’s old House seat and he has launched his own mayoral bid, amassing cash and union support early on. But this time, there may be more than one Dorchester resident’s name on the ballot.  Read more

#Bospoli Round-Up for Wednesday, May 29

This just in from the Election Department, which is continuing to work on certifying nomination signatures:

-- Local community activist John Barros and District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo joined the list of folks who have at least 3,000 signatures verified for the mayoral ballot. The other candidates who have already been verified include City Councillors At-Large Felix Arroyo and John Connolly, state Rep. Marty Walsh and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley.  Read more

Lower Mills-based Barstool founder: ‘Dead serious’ about mayoral bid

David Portnoy, left, hired a firm to collect 5,000 signatures to join the mayoral race. The Lower Mills resident operates a network of websites called Barstool Sports. 	Image from YouTubeDavid Portnoy, left, hired a firm to collect 5,000 signatures to join the mayoral race. The Lower Mills resident operates a network of websites called Barstool Sports. Image from YouTube

On the Milton side of Lower Mills, up a small set of steps in a two-story office building on Adams St., down a narrow hallway lined with posters of women in bikinis, sits David Portnoy, Internet baron and a potential candidate for mayor.  Read more

Consalvo is the latest to formally kick off campaign to succeed Menino

As City Councillor Rob Consalvo’s mayoral campaign kick-off wound down, Angelo Scaccia was at the front table, greeting people as they exited, getting up and sitting down, shaking their hands, and slapping their backs while complaining of his own being in pain.

“Four herniated discs,” Scaccia roared at one point, before shuffling over to sit on the edge of the stage set up for the media.  Read more