Ayanna Pressley

Pressley touts her success as Flaherty mulls next step

Pressley Tavolo: Ayanna Pressley makes a point at her fundraiser Tuesday night. 	Photo by Gintautas DumciusPressley makes point at fundraiser. Photo by G. Dumcius. Click to enlarge.One after another, they spoke inside the Tavolo restaurant in Dorchester: City Council President Stephen Murphy called her a “tremendous asset” on the City Council. “She doesn’t deserve her spot on the council, she’s earned her spot on the City Council,” said state Rep. Marty Walsh. “I’m proud to have another sister on the City Council,” District 3 Councillor Maureen Feeney told the crowd.

The focus of the praise, City Councillor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, would follow them, taking off her stilettos and standing on a chair to outline a lengthy list of accomplishments 14 months into her first term.

Left unmentioned during the speeches at the Tuesday night fundraiser was the conventional wisdom circulating among local political observers that Pressley may be in for a serious fight in a low-turnout election year thanks to one person: Michael Flaherty.  Read more

Flaherty says he will make decision in spring on At-Large run

Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty said Wednesday he will make a decision this spring about whether or not he will run again for one of the four At-Large seats on the 13-member City Council— or for any other office this year.  Read more

New councillors bring new faces to City Hall

The two new City Councillors At-Large, Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley, are bringing some new (and some not so new) faces with them to City Hall.

Not unlike Arroyo, Pressley is bringing on people from the campaign trail:

-- James Chisholm, who headed her campaign, is her chief of staff, overseeing the staff, policy and communications. He has worked with Pressley in U.S. Sen. John Kerry's office, where he wrote speeches and was a deputy press secretary. He has also written for ESPN.com. He lives in Allston-Brighton.  Read more

(UPDATED) Pressley, Arroyo named to new committees

UPDATE: The make-up of each committee is posted below.

The City Council's two new at-large councillors are getting two new committees to work with:

-- Ayanna Pressley, the council's first African-American woman, is chairing the Committee on Women and Healthy Communities. The committee will cover city programs on youth, families and new Bostonians.  Read more

Office politics

For those curious about what the new office layout is: Newcomer Felix Arroyo is getting outgoing City Councillor At-Large Sam Yoon's office, while Ayanna Pressley moves into District 9 Councillor Mark Ciommo's office. Ciommo is moving into soon-to-be-former City Councillor At-Large Flaherty's office. Yoon and Flaherty's offices flank City Council President Michael Ross's office.

For Pressley, her work has only just begun

By 
Sue Asci, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 5, 2009

By 8 a.m., 232 people had voted at the Holy Name Parish Hall in West Roxbury and Dorchester resident Ayanna Pressley had greeted most of them in her bid for an at-large seat on the Boston City Council. And that total nearly doubled to 439 voters by 9 a.m.

Despite weeks of long days of campaigning citywide, from the early morning hours of greeting people at MBTA stations to listening to their concerns at community meetings into the night, Pressley was just as enthusiastic as the day she announced her first-ever campaign for public office on April 28.  Read more

The connection between an At-Large race and a run-off in Afghanistan

Missing from the group of pols and volunteers who lined Blue Hill Ave. on Sunday afternoon for Ayanna Pressley’s City Council At-Large bid was the big gun who had hoped to be there for the weekend before the Nov. 3 election. But U.S. Sen. John Kerry, Pressley’s ex-boss, had a pretty good reason: Another election 6,600 miles
away.  Read more

Kerry to campaign with Pressley

Confirming what we Tweeted yesterday, U.S. Sen. John Kerry's campaign folks have released his schedule for the weekend, with stops planned in West Roxbury and Mattapan. Kerry, a Vietnam vet who ran for president in 2004 and has been on Capitol Hill since 1984, will be out door-knocking, hitting churches and holding signs for his former political director, Ayanna Pressley. Pressley's City Council campaign has been careful of how to use Kerry, particularly since this is a local election. Kerry has been avidly following the race: he speaks and exchanges text messages with Pressley regularly. (Though when told of Kerry's plans yesterday, one City Council At-Large candidate couldn't resist taking a shot: "Nice to have him in town.") Full weekend schedule after the jump.  Read more

At-Large race: the baby factor

City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s schedule could get even more hectic: His wife Meg is due on Sept. 22, the day of the preliminary. “Any day now,” Connolly said. “When it’s time to go to the hospital, that’s where I’ll be.”

The new baby will join the Connollys’ one-year-old daughter, Clare.

Connolly won’t be the only guy with a new kid in tow on the campaign trail: Jamie Chisholm, who is running Ayanna Pressley’s campaign for a City Council At-Large seat, became a father on Aug. 14 after his wife Lauren gave birth to a girl, Alice Evangeline.

Local NOW PAC endorses Henriquez and three for at-large

The political action committee of the Boston chapter of MassNOW (National Organization for Women) has endorsed three candidates running for City Council At-Large: former Kerry aide Ayanna Pressley; Felix Arroyo, son of the city councillor; and Tito Jackson, a Patrick administration official. Most interesting is their endorsement of Carlos Henriquez, who is running against incumbent District 7 Councillor Chuck Turner. BostonNOW is one of nine local MassNOW chapters.