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
The 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
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
City Councillor Charles Yancey could face a challenger from Roslindale this year if he runs for reelection in District 4. Steven Godfrey, the 43-year-old executive director of the Community Minority Cultural Center in Lynn, opened a campaign fundraising account on Monday. Read more
Oct. 31, 2012
After 18 months marred by frequent infighting, city councillors today passed a compromise map that re-carves the political boundaries of council districts in the city. The vote to approve a map with amendments offered by City Councillor Tito Jackson was passed by a veto-proof majority, 11-2. Councillors Charles Yancey of Dorchester and Bill Linehan of South Boston opposed the measure.
This now marks the third time the council has sent a map to Mayor Thomas Menino, who vetoed two previous attempts due to the high concentration of people of color in District 4, which includes parts of Dorchester and Mattapan.
The mayor is expected to sign off on the map, his spokeswoman said shortly after the vote. Read more
District 7 Councillor Tito Jackson this week suggested moving most of Mattapan into Rob Consalvo’s District 5 while pushing the boundaries of Councillor Charles Yancey’s District 4 west into Roslindale.
Councillors were expected to debate again at their weekly meeting the redrawing of the boundaries of the city’s nine City Council district seats. The meeting followed a “working session” that was another chapter in the long-running saga of the redistricting process, which is required to occur every 10 years in response to population shifts across the city noted by the US Census. Read more
Mar. 1, 2012
A pair of state senators have lit into City Councillor Charles Yancey’s resolution calling for a slowdown in Beacon Hill deliberations on the proposed three strikes and habitual offender bills. Sen. Steven Baddour, a Methuen Democrat who is vice chair of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee, and Bruce Tarr, a Gloucester Republican who serves as the minority leader, accused Yancey’s resolution of spreading “inaccuracies and misconceptions” about the Senate’s habitual offender proposal.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the pair did not attend a City Council hearing on a resolution, but they sent an aide from Tarr’s office to read a letter to City Councillor Michael Ross, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, and his colleagues. Read more
Yancey: School Department gets plush new offices, while high-school students get 'substandard' buildings
City Councilor Charles Yancey has a new tactic in his long-running battle to get a high school built in Mattapan: Blasting the city's plan - which he voted for - to spend $115 million moving BPS headquarters from Court Street downtown to the old Ferdinand building in Dudley Square, when nearly 4,000 high-school students attend classes in "substandard" buildings originally built for elementary students or as warehouses. Read more
At a rally against violence at Franklin Field last week, Yancey lashed out at the mayor’s latest budget: “This city is heading in the wrong direction.” Photo by Michael Caprio
Standing in the doorway of his office shortly after the recent annual budget vote, City Councillor Charles Yancey shrugged and shook his head. Mayor Thomas Menino’s $2.4 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2012 had sailed through the 13-member City Council, with Yancey, unsurprisingly, as the lone “no” vote.
Lamenting that he couldn’t persuade any of his colleagues to join him in voting against the spending plan, Yancey stepped outside to chat. Straightaway, he criticized the mayor’s crackdown on motorized dirt bikes after a four-year-old was shot in the back at Harambee Park at Franklin Field as a distraction from the issue of gun violence.
A week later, a Herald headline: “Councilor: Mayor too soft on crime.” No guessing is needed about which councillor the headline referred to. Read more
City Councillor Charles Yancey and several disgruntled residents faced off against Menino administration officials this week, claiming they were not informed about the city’s attempt to temporarily turn four city-owned vacant lots in Dorchester into urban farms. Read more