The candidates sat almost shoulder-to-shoulder on the stage inside Edward Brooke Charter School’s auditorium, five on either side of the moderator.
Even with no opening or closing statements allowed, candidates looked down at the table, out into the large crowd, or quietly joked with one another as they waited for their turn. One question took fifteen minutes to get through, as each candidate weighed in with their response to the various questions.
Welcome to the life of a mayoral contender for the foreseeable future. Read more
On the night of March 27, John Barros’s cell phone would not stop buzzing with text messages. As he sat at a School Committee meeting around the corner from City Hall, word was quickly circulating that Mayor Thomas Menino would not be running for reelection.
Appointed to the seven-member committee three and a half years ago, Barros would join the crowd of well-wishers and elected officials the next day at Faneuil Hall when Menino formally announced his intention to bow out. And less than a month later, he would resign from the committee, one of his last steps toward launching a mayoral campaign. Read more
When Jim Brett was a longtime state representative running for mayor in 1993, he was the only candidate on the ballot who was also a Dorchester resident. He was up against Hyde Park City Councillor Thomas Menino, who would go on to win the coveted job.
Twenty years later, Savin Hill’s Marty Walsh holds Brett’s old House seat and he has launched his own mayoral bid, amassing cash and union support early on. But this time, there may be more than one Dorchester resident’s name on the ballot. Read more
This just in from the Election Department, which is continuing to work on certifying nomination signatures:
-- Local community activist John Barros and District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo joined the list of folks who have at least 3,000 signatures verified for the mayoral ballot. The other candidates who have already been verified include City Councillors At-Large Felix Arroyo and John Connolly, state Rep. Marty Walsh and Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley. Read more
Community activist John Barros kicked off his mayoral bid on Thursday, officially entering the already crowded field.
In a 6 to 1 vote last Wednesday night, the Boston School Committee signed off on a sweeping overhaul of the school system’s assignment process. The 57,000 students now attending the city’s schools, along with their siblings, are grandfathered under the existing three-zone plan, which has been in place for 24 years. Read more
Add this to week full of firsts: On top of the City Council's increased diversity and a milestone for the city's chief executive, the first person of Cape Verdean descent was appointed to the city's School Committee.
Dorchester's John Barros, the executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, was among two new members that Mayor Thomas Menino appointed this month to the seven-member board. The other appointee is Mary Tamer, from West Roxbury, who writes for the Harvard Graduate School of Education and other local colleges. Read more