2013 elections

#BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 13, 2013

11 days to the preliminary.

THE DAY AHEAD: City Councillor At-Large John Connolly has held a meet-and-greet in South Boston and fills out the rest of the day with meet-and-greets with voters in the North End, Fenway, and the South End, with a 1 p.m. stop at City Hall Plaza for Lebanon Day. Codman Square Health co-founder Bill Walczak will be at Mattapan Library at 10:30 a.m. for a “Regional System of Care Candidates Meeting,” before heading to an Adams Village Business Association meeting at 12:30 p.m.  Read more

Candidates put jobs policy in forum spotlight

Mayoral hopefuls on Tuesday pledged to diversify the police force and aggressively enforce the city’s jobs policy for residents, minorities, and women on public construction sites. They made their promises to the several hundred people who had packed the auditorium inside Uphams Corner’s Kroc Center to see the 12 candidates for mayor up on the stage two weeks before the Sept. 24 preliminary.

The forum was put together by the local branch of the NAACP, the Salvation Army, the Urban League of Massachusetts, and UMass Boston.  Read more

Retiring Menino puts his focus on housing, and 2020

Rep. Martin J. Walsh, center, spoke during a forum at the Kroc Center on Dudley Street on Tuesday evening. He is flanked by candidates Charlotte Golar Richie, left, and Charles Clemons, right. Photo by Eric EstevesRep. Martin J. Walsh, center, spoke during a forum at the Kroc Center on Dudley Street on Tuesday evening. He is flanked by candidates Charlotte Golar Richie, left, and Charles Clemons, right. Photo by Eric Esteves

With four months left in his term, Mayor Thomas Menino is looking ahead to 2020: His administration has unveiled a blueprint for building 30,000 units by that year, representing a $16.5 billion public and private investment.

“Some of these polices can be put in place in 2013, while others will need to be evaluated and adopted by a new administration starting in 2014,” the 48-page plan noted.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: Sept. 11, 2013

Most of the mayoral candidates will be in Dorchester tonight for the Boston Teachers Union forum. Boston magazine contributing editor David Bernstein will moderate the forum, which starts at 7 p.m. inside the union hall at 180 Mt. Vernon St. The union has over 10,000 members. Meanwhile, on TV, three candidates – City Councillor At-Large John Connolly, Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley and former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie – chat with Emily Rooney on “Greater Boston” in an interview taped this afternoon. The show airs at 7 p.m.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 10, 2013

Stephen Murphy looked relieved that he wasn’t in the scrum in Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre. Getting up to leave after the end of the mayoral election’s first televised debate, the City Council president looked over as reporters and campaign aides jostled for space on the floor. “I could’ve used my gavel out there,” he quipped, referring to the raucous nature of the debate. “I don’t think anybody won.”  Read more

A dozen mayoral candidates seek to rise above the fray in debate

Andy Metzger, State House News Service
Sep. 10, 2013

In a 90-minute fast-paced 12-way exchange that at times resembled a raucous dinner-table argument, Boston's would-be mayors jostled for voters' attention with just under two weeks until the Sept. 24 preliminary that will cull the candidates to two finalists.

"My name is Charles Yancey, and I'm running for mayor of the city of Boston," the three-decade city councilor, who is also a candidate for re-election to the City Council, said during a rare lull in the Monday night debate.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 9, 2013

Fifteen days to Sept. 24. Most candidates have back-to-back forums on their plates tonight: First up is a forum focusing on arts and culture. That forum starts at 6 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. Then they walk down the street to the Modern Theatre for an 8 p.m. forum put together by New England Cable News, the Boston Herald, and Suffolk University. The Herald offers tips on how to tune in here.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 8, 2013

A look at the day ahead. There are 16 days left until the Sept. 24 preliminary.  Read more

(UPDATED) #BosMayor Round-Up, Early Edition: Sept. 7, 2013

For the second time this week, the mayoral news cycle was taken over by a Southie-centric storyline. But that had wrapped up by the end of the day, as the candidates prepared to plunge into the weekend, one of three left before the Sept. 24 preliminary. There are 17 days left until the prelim.  Read more

Collins's endorsement of Connolly roils Dorchester

A few hundred supporters of Dorchester state Rep. Marty Walsh’s mayoral campaign assembled at the intersection of L Street and Broadway on Thursday afternoon, spilling out onto the street, hours after South Boston state Rep. Nick Collins endorsed a rival at the Oliver Perry School. The gathering was a show of force, quickly thrown together as word spread of Collins’s endorsement of City Councillor At-Large John Connolly.  Read more