John Barros

State House News Q&A: Mayoral candidates on liquor licensing

Mike Deehan, State House News Service
Aug. 30, 2013

In response to a News Service questionnaire, ten of the 12 candidates for mayor of Boston offered their positions on how state law could be altered to allow for more liquor licenses for the city. Currently, the Legislature selectively grants additional licenses for communities, but Boston has for years operated at the maximum number of licenses, creating high demand and steep prices for existing licenses. Mayor Thomas Menino supports a home rule petition from City Councilor Ayanna Pressley that would allow the city to do away with the cap and regulate its own licensing.  Read more

Will next mayor make or break the Strand Theatre?

Strand Theatre: Columbia Rd. landmark goes unused most days.

What will the next mayor of Boston do with the Strand Theatre, the Uphams Corner landmark that debuted as a movie palace in the waning days of World War I? Like a Charlie Chaplin character flickering across its earliest screen, the Uphams Corner landmark stumbled and lurched across the 20th century and, on more than one occasion, damn-near plunged hat-first into an abyss of debt and decrepitness. And, like the ‘Little Tramp’ himself, the Strand has proven to be an enduring and endearing figure – with the promise of new audiences and a heroic revival that has been years in the making.  Read more

Candidates talk policy in Dorchester Reporter survey

In July, the Dorchester Reporter prepared its own questionnaire for mayoral candidates and asked each of the 12 candidates on the Sept. ballot to participate. To date, nine of the 12 candidates have submitted the survey, which included biographical questions, details about their political ideology and specific policy questions that have both citywide and neighborhood-specific implications. The Reporter also included a "case study" section that asks candidates how they would deal with a longstanding redevelopment question in Uphams Corner: the Leon Electric Building.  Read more

Mayoral candidates respond to Reporter survey

Candidates for mayor are shown during a candidate's forum on Youth Jobs held on Aug. 13 in Boston. Photo by Chris Lovett

Nine of the twelve mayoral candidates have weighed in on a host of topics – from gun violence to the names of their role models – that were included in a questionnaire they received from the Dorchester Reporter. They offer varied and sometimes lengthy responses as to how they would deal with the key issues facing the city, and a new administration.  Read more

Mayoral Candidate Video Survey: Education

The second part of's video survey of the candidates running for mayor of Boston focuses on education. Ten members of the 12-person field offer differing views on the city's school committee, charter school cap, superintendent search and more. To see the candidate's full response about how to improve Boston's schools, just click on the banner above his or her name.

Click here to see the first part of the series, the candidate's views on public safety and crime.

Mayoral hopefuls get careful look from DotOUT

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 9, 2013

Councillor John Connolly addressed the DotOUT gathering at The Ledge last Thursday evening. Photo by Mike Deehan

Group will hold off on endorsement until after prelim

DotOUT, an influential group of gay and lesbian activists in Dorchester, is staying out of the mayoral preliminary, with no endorsement until after the Sept. 24 election whittles the 12-person field down to two.  Read more

Barros camp launches biographical web video

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Aug. 7, 2013

John Barros's mayoral campaign on Wednesday launched a biographical web video that it said it plans to promote on newspaper and ethnic media websites. The campaign is also purchasing ad space on Twitter and Facebook, it said.

Barros is the former executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and stepped down from his post on the 7-member School Committee to run for mayor earlier this year.

Barros on the trail: 'It really is about human contact'

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 30, 2013

Mayoral candidate John Barros greeted a voter at Ashmont station on Tuesday morning. Photo by Gintautas Dumcius

“My husband is running for mayor of Boston,” said Tchintcia Barros, who was standing outside the door as people poured out of the Route 27 bus on a Monday morning. “Good morning, my husband is running for mayor of Boston,” she said. “Good morning, my husband John Barros is running for mayor of Boston,” she said again as they hurried to catch the train.

“I’m not political,” one woman responded, heading into the Ashmont MBTA station. “I’m all set,” a second woman said, waving her hand. A third woman stopped and smiled as Tchintcia (pronounced chin-see-ah) handed her some campaign literature. Another commuter pulled headphones out of his ears to listen to her pitch.  Read more

#BosMayor Round-Up: July 24, 2013

There are 62 days, or two months, left until the Sept. 24 preliminary election.

-- will be hosting mini-debates next month, set up similar to the MassINC/CommonWealth magazine forums at the Palm restaurant. The mini-debates will be held at the Globe Lab, inside the Boston Globe’s headquarters on Morrissey Blvd.

More details here; the schedule is below:

On August 7, 2013 at 7pm we welcome:
City Councilor Rob Consalvo
City Councilor Mike Ross
State Representative Martin "Marty" Walsh

#BosMayor Round-Up: July 22, 2013

Charlotte Golar Richie on TV, upcoming fundraisers for Felix Arroyo and Bill Walczak wading into the debate over a search for a new superintendent -- all that and more in an update on the mayor's race.

-- Civic groups in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood are hosting a mayoral forum at WGBH on Tuesday night. According to a release about the forum, it starts at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by state Sen. Will Brownsberger, a Democratic candidate for Congress.  Read more