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
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
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
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
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.
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.
The Boston Phoenixâ€™s David Bernstein crunches the numbers (Thanks, David) and gives us a look at how the fund raising side of the city council at large race is shaping up. Some surprising sums are included, especially among the more conservative/Republican/Libertarian candidates that donâ€™t seem to be able to make headway in the conservative donor scene.
Kenneally is raising funds, mulling run for at-Large seat; Rest of the council-hopeful field is still shaping up
Andrew Kenneally, a former staffer for City Councillor Michael Flaherty, said he hasn't decided whether he will run for the Council at-Large seat his old boss is likely to vacate just yet, but he's fundraising anyway.
"I'm probably going to make a decision next month," he said. "I'm just trying to see what's out there in terms of raising cash and it's looking pretty good."
Kenneally has deposited $4,400 in his account, according to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, but said he is likely to reach $10,000 by the time this paper is printed.
Jamaica Plain's Felix G. Arroyo is the leading fundraiser among the challengers so far, with over $13,000. His first fundraising event - for Three Kings Day - is Jan. 10 at Mojitos nightclub downtown. Read more