district 3

Reporter’s Notebook: Lottery gives Marydith Tuitt pole position on District 3 ballot

In the age of electronics and the internet, the City of Boston Elections Department keeps it low key. Yesterday morning at City Hall, fourteen names were tossed into a gold metal tumbler and then pulled out, one by one, to determine the ballot order in three City Council preliminary races this September.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Connolly, Galvin top fund-raisers in At-Large, District 3 campaigns

City Councillor At-Large John Connolly hauled in over $40,000 in the month of June, outpacing his colleagues and rivals, a review of campaign finance records shows.

The total came to $40,560, according to filings with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, leaving a balance in his account of $219,371.

The former teacher and current attorney had raised about $30,000 in May. Much of the money gathered last month, which he closed out with an event at the waterfront restaurant Tia’s, came from fellow lawyers, including several from his old firm, Ropes and Gray.  Read more

Reporter’s Notebook: A look at voting records of District 3 campaigners

Frank Baker’s grandfather worked for the controversial James Michael Curley. His father ran for state representative in 1968. And Baker has worked on the campaigns of U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and state Rep. Martin Walsh (D-Dorchester).

So it’s not a surprise that he is among the District 3 candidates who are the most consistent voters in Boston elections since 2000. The Reporter reviewed records from the Boston Elections Department, finding that Baker has voted in 28 elections over that time.  Read more

Council hopefuls talk issues at first forum

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 29, 2011

The D3 seven: before Tuesday’s forum at St. Mark’s Church hall: Marydith Tuitt, John O’Toole, Craig Galvin, Doug Bennett, Marty Hogan, Frank Baker and Stephanie Everett. Photo by Pat TarantinoThe D3 seven: before Tuesday’s forum at St. Mark’s Church hall: Marydith Tuitt, John O’Toole, Craig Galvin, Doug Bennett, Marty Hogan, Frank Baker and Stephanie Everett. Photo by Pat Tarantino

Related story: A closer look at the voting records of the District 3 candidates

The seven District 3 candidates hoping to replace City Councillor Maureen Feeney made their pitch to voters Tuesday night, taking the stage in the St. Mark’s Church hall in the first of several face-offs expected this summer and fall. Before a crowd of about a hundred supporters and neighborhood residents, the candidates offered up their positions on controversial Suffolk County holidays, taxes, and Dorchester Ave. beautification efforts.  Read more

The question is: When will Feeney endorse O’Toole?

Endorsements can be tricky things. Closely watched by insiders, they are often considered to have little impact on voters. But endorsements bring more hands to the endorsee’s organization from the endorser, along with an influx of money, and a signal that the candidate has serious backing, which can move the needle in a race.  Read more

Field is set for District 3 Council election

In 1993, Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” ruled the box office, Senate President William Bulger dominated Beacon Hill’s upper chamber and his brother Whitey still controlled the streets of South Boston and beyond.

That year was also the last time Dorchester’s District 3 seat on the City Council was open. James E. Byrne, who had spent ten years in the district seat, said he would not be running for reelection, and backed his chief of staff, Maureen Feeney, to replace him. She received over 70 percent in the final election.  Read more

Feeney bow-out spurs candidates to begin lining up

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 20, 2011

Councillor Maureen FeeneyCouncillor Maureen FeeneyWith Dorchester’s City Councillor Maureen Feeney saying she won’t seek a ninth term in office, a crowded field of potential candidates hoping to take her place is already taking shape.

Local realtor Craig Galvin and John O’Toole, past president of the Cedar Grove Civic Association, say they’re running. Catherine O’Neill, host of the Boston Neighborhood Network’s “The Boston Connection” show, is also expected to jump into the race.

Sean Weir, president of the Cedar Grove Civic Association and facilities manager at St. Brendan’s, said he is considering a run and plans to speak with his family about it. “I’m going to keep all my options open,” he said.

Marybith Tuitt, an aide to State Rep. Gloria Fox, has applied to pull nomination papers in District Three.

More coverage: See who else "pulled papers" on Wednesday— The Lit Drop  Read more

After Feeney decision, crowded field expected in District 3

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Apr. 20, 2011

Councillor Maureen FeeneyCouncillor Maureen FeeneyWith City Councillor Maureen Feeney’s announcement of her decision to not seek another two year term after 17 years in office, a crowded field of candidates is expected to emerge.

Local realtor Craig Galvin and John O’Toole, past president of the Cedar Grove Civic Association, say they’re running. Catherine O’Neill, host of the Boston Neighborhood Network’s “The Boston Connection” show is also expected to jump into the race.

Other names in circulation include Eileen Fenton of the Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association; Michael Mackan, chief of Boston’s Code Enforcement Police; Michael Christopher, manager of public policy and public affairs at the Executive Office of Public Safety; Doug Hurley, a St. Mark’s civic activist and former legislative aide to state Rep. Jim Brett; and Ed Geary, deputy director for communications and external affairs for Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral, among others.  Read more

Reporter's Notebook: Galvin, for one, is ready to run – if Councillor Feeney isn’t

He’s been spotted at local events, shaking hands and saying hello, sparking rumors that he intends to run against an incumbent.

Craig Galvin, a local real estate agent, has been working rooms, including Mayor Thomas Menino’s breakfast at the IBEW Hall on Sunday, the Dorchester Board of Trade last week, and the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in South Boston.

Asked about running for the District 3 seat, Galvin praised City Councillor Maureen Feeney, who has held the Dorchester district seat since 1993, saying she has done an “exemplary” job.  Read more