district 3

Baker proposes expansion of email alert system

District 3 candidate Frank Baker on Friday touted a platform that included a proposal to expand an electronic alert system about daily crime activity in the neighborhood.

Neighbors in Savin Hill and some parts of the St. Mark’s neighborhood voluntarily maintain an email list which regularly updates residents of crime activities in the C-11 Police District with information from the Boston Police Department.  Read more

Congressman Lynch: No endorsement in District 3

Congressman Stephen Lynch is sitting out the District 3 race, declining to endorse either of the contenders facing off for the seat. Savin Hill’s Frank Baker and Cedar Grove’s John O’Toole both worked on Lynch’s Congressional campaign in 2001.

“So I told them early on that I’m going to stay in Washington until this race is over,” Lynch joked to the Reporter on Saturday.  Read more

Urban League chief endorses O'Toole in D3

The head of the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts said last night he is backing John O’Toole in the race to succeed City Councillor Maureen Feeney.

“If you got a problem, he is someone you can go to. He can get it fixed,” Darnell Williams said at a “meet-and-greet” house party for O’Toole hosted by Richard O’Mara and Robert Ferrini in the Cedar Grove neighborhood.  Read more

Three city councillors back O'Toole

Three sitting city councillors have come out in support of District 3 candidate John O’Toole.

Joining with their outgoing colleague Maureen Feeney in support of O’Toole: Rob Consalvo (District 5), Mark Ciommo (District 9) and Sal LaMattina (District 1).

“For John it has always been about doing everything in his power to make Dorchester a better place and never about who got the credit,” Consalvo said in a statement. “It is this type of selfless leadership that makes me look forward to working with John on the City Council.”  Read more

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Lawsuit vs. O’Toole will proceed, says judge, who calls the case weak

A Suffolk Superior Court judge last week allowed for the lawsuit against District 3 candidate John O’Toole to move forward. While the judge, Mitchell Kaplan, rejected O’Toole’s request for the case to be dismissed, he also called the case weak.

The suit is centered on an alleged $69,000 loan that the plaintiffs, Paul Connolly and his wife April, claim O’Toole has refused to pay back. O’Toole maintains that no such loan was ever made.  Read more

(UPDATED) Financial affairs check in District 3 race

District 3 candidate Frank Baker hauled in over $10,000 in the first fifteen days of October, according campaign finance records. His rival, John O’Toole, pulled in $3,901. The O’Toole camp said since Oct. 17 they've grabbed an additional $8,850, which hasn’t been filed with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance just yet.  Read more

The District 3 final: 'I'm Frank, I'm going to be here for you'

Back in the early 1990s, a young Frank Baker lost three friends in the span of a year and a half. One friend was beaten to death in the street in an alcohol-related incident. Six months later, another friend committed suicide, which was also alcohol-related. Six months after that, one of his brothers fatally overdosed on heroin.  Read more

The District 3 final: O'Toole: Cedar Grove work makes me 'best candidate'

At 10 p.m. on a crisp Thursday night, John O’Toole was driving through Adams Corner in his old Cadillac after finishing up at a college fair with his son Jack. They cruised past the newly set-up outpost of Frank Baker’s campaign, its windows still bearing a welcoming gift from an unknown assailant: Eggs.  Read more

District 3 final: A closer look at the two finalists

Oct. 13, 2011

As the days click down to the Nov. 8 final election to choose the next city councillor from Dorchester's District 3, Reporter news editor Gin Dumcius sat down for a more personal conversation with the two finalists from the Sept. 27 preliminary: Frank Baker and John O'Toole.  Read more

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Neighborhoods, numbers keys in District 3 finale

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Oct. 13, 2011

For all the campaign trail talk of a “united Dorchester,” the race for the District 3 seat on the City Council will come down to neighborhoods and numbers. Savin Hill will be matched up against Cedar Grove, with each side looking to get out the vote in its area and pull in support from nearby battlegrounds like Lower Mills, Fields Corner, and some of Meetinghouse Hill.

And while much of the focus is on the two candidates angling to grab the $87,500-a-year job, Frank Baker and John O’Toole are secondary characters in Dorchester’s drama.  Read more