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City Councillor-at-Large Felix Arroyo participated in an anti-violence walk in Grove Hall last weekend. Photo courtesy Arroyo campaign

On a chilly May morning outside a Dunkin’ Donuts in Fields Corner, Felix G. Arroyo was pouring on the charm.

“I want to know how you look so good at your age,” Arroyo said, recognizing the 80-year-old man approaching him. “Eat good food,” the old man said. “I already messed that up today,” Arroyo said as the man signed the nomination papers needed to get Arroyo onto the mayoral ballot.  Read more

Arroyo taps Mass. Democratic Party official as campaign manager

The former executive director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party will manage City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo’s mayoral campaign. Clare Kelly, who has also worked as Gov. Deval Patrick’s field director in his 2010 reelection campaign, is a North End resident.

“I am thrilled that Clare Kelly has signed on to lead our campaign. She was my first and only choice because she is the best choice,” Arroyo said in a statement. “She has impressive grassroots campaign experience and knows that a grassroots effort isn't just a smart way to campaign, it's the right way to campaign.”  Read more

After Menino: Successor pool getting crowded

A city councillor at-large and the former chief executive of a Dorchester hospital entered the Boston mayoral sweepstakes over the last week, bringing to eight the number of candidates who have said they hope to succeed Thomas Menino.

Savin Hill’s Bill Walczak, who founded the Codman Square Health Center and briefly ran Carney Hospital, and Jamaica Plain’s Felix Arroyo, who was elected to the City Council in 2009, announced their candidacies, taking their names off the list of potential candidates and placing them in the burgeoning field of contenders.  Read more

Pressley touts her success as Flaherty mulls next step

Pressley Tavolo: Ayanna Pressley makes a point at her fundraiser Tuesday night. 	Photo by Gintautas DumciusPressley makes point at fundraiser. Photo by G. Dumcius. Click to enlarge.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

Flaherty says he will make decision in spring on At-Large run

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

New councillors bring new faces to City Hall

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

(UPDATED) Pressley, Arroyo named to new committees

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

Office politics

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.

Two Dorchesterites joining Arroyo in City Hall

Two of his campaign staffers will be joining Felix Arroyo, the incoming city councillor at-large, at City Hall when his term starts on Jan. 4.  Read more

Local NOW PAC endorses Henriquez and three for at-large

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.