Oct. 14, 2010
Oct. 7, 2010
To the Editor:
The Boston Globe endorsement of state representative candidate Carlos Henriquez and last minute support from former state rep Marie St. Fleur during the September primary signal the continuation of a “tradition” the people of Dorchester and Roxbury can no longer afford. As the Globe opined, “he (Henriquez) will be the best candidate to continue the tradition of leadership from the Fifth Suffolk district.”
What leadership tradition is that, of leaving the district in the lurch by leaving for other jobs?
The geographic majority of the Fifth Suffolk clearly disagrees with the Globe’s assessment of what we need in new leadership, as I carried a majority of the district’s precincts. Read more
Oct. 7, 2010
Earlier this year, Althea Garrison did not have too many nice things to say about her Democratic primary opponents when she was running for Fifth Suffolk state representative. A frequent candidate for office, she labeled them “opportunists” and said they were “ego-tripping” as they jockeyed with her to succeed former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur.
Fast forward to now, with Carlos Henriquez having emerged as the winner of the primary and Barry Lawton mounting a write-in campaign for the Nov. 2 election after earlier falling short by 41 votes: Garrison says she’s endorsing Lawton. Read more
Sep. 17, 2010
While he says he is still in an “evaluation phase”, Barry Lawton tells the Reporter that he is not likely to seek a recount in the Fifth Suffolk state representative’s district.
Lawton lost Tuesday’s primary election to Carlos Henriquez by 41 votes.
Lawton says his own internal numbers show that he won the majority of precincts in the district, a fact backed up by unofficial results tabulated by the city's Election department. Lawton won 11 out of the 19 precincts in the district, with Henriquez topping the ballot in seven and Althea Garrison, a former state representative, winning two precincts. However, Henriquez was stronger throughout the district while Lawton posed strong numbers in his home ward (15), but posted weak numbers in Henriquez's base.
Lawton said that the work involved in mounting a recount request — he must collect 50 signatures from voters in each of the eight wards in the district and submit them to City Hall by Monday— is not a viable option for his campaign.
Lawton — who initially sounded a defiant tone about the results, telling reporters “It’s not over”— sounded more resigned to the outcome today.
“I just think a lot of the votes I had just didn’t come out,” he said. “The primary date didn’t really resonate with voters. A lot of focus has been on the November election and this primary was very far under the radar.”
Sep. 15, 2010
(Updated 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16)— When we last looked at the Fifth Suffolk state representative race, community activist Carlos Henriquez had won the unofficial ballot count by 41 votes and high school teacher and former Beacon Hill aide Barry Lawton sent a text message to editors saying, "It's not over."
On Thursday morning Lawton told the Reporter: "We're weighing all options right now." Those options include requesting a recount (which would require signature-gathering to commence) as well as a write-in candidacy in the general election.
"I want to have a few days from it," he said of the primary.
Pressed on whether he would wage a write-in campaign, Lawton said, "I think conditions will be different in the general election." Read more
Two of the four Democrats vying to replace former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur tackled a slew of issues at a Tuesday night forum, including illegal immigration, casino gambling, and federal stimulus funds. Few differences emerged between high school teacher Barry Lawton and former City Hall aide Carlos Henriquez at a forum sponsored by nonpartisan voting rights group MassVOTE and held at Hibernian Hall. The Dorchester Reporter was a co-sponsor.
The two other Democrats in the Fifth Suffolk District race, former state Rep. Althea Garrison and perennial candidate Roy Owens, were no-shows. Read more
Aug. 19, 2010
Voters going to the polls September 14 to fill the vacant Fifth Suffolk District House seat – and given the high stakes let’s hope there’s a big turnout – will cast one of their most important ballots ever.
The levels of crime, poverty, and joblessness in our community remain unacceptably high. As Massachusetts sees signs of a desperately needed economic recovery ahead, we desperately need a representative on Beacon Hill who will not only lend us a strong voice but also take strong action to make sure our priority issues are addressed and that our community is not left behind… again. Read more
Aug. 19, 2010
Voters going to the polls September 14 to fill the vacant Fifth Suffolk District House seat - and given the high stakes let’s hope there’s a big turnout - will cast one of their most important ballots ever.
The levels of crime, poverty, and joblessness in our community remain unacceptably high. As Massachusetts sees signs of a desperately needed economic recovery ahead, we desperately need a representative on Beacon Hill who will not only lend us a strong voice but also take strong action to make sure our priority issues are addressed and that our community is not left behind... again. Read more
Who are the candidates to watch for in the race for the Fifth Suffolk seat in the state House of Representatives? Which one is attempting to repurchase his home after foreclosure? And which candidate completely threw him under the bus on that through a response to questions she would take from a reporter only via fax? Read more