Oct. 11, 2013
They couldn’t all fit inside the small Washington Street campaign office. So the group of a dozen or so black clergy and community members stepped outside and crowded around City Councillor At-Large John Connolly to announce their endorsement of him in the mayoral race.
Several of the ministers had been, at one point, critics of Connolly. When Connolly called on then-Superintendent Carol Johnson to step down due to her mishandling a personnel matter at the O’Bryant School, they leapt to her defense and laced into Connolly last year. Read more
State Rep. Marty Walsh this week picked up the support of two former rivals and a Democratic ward committee in his pursuit of the mayor’s office while City Councillor At-Large John Connolly received backing from East Boston Councillor Sal LaMattina, one of Walsh’s State House colleagues, and a ward committee.
On Tuesday, Walsh locked hands with City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo and former School Committee member John Barros and raised them high as the three politicians stood united in front of a bank of television cameras, “Martin Walsh for Mayor” stickers on their lapels, in a small park in Egleston Square. Because of their status and influence in communities of color, the Arroyo and Barros endorsements were eagerly sought after by both mayoral finalists. In the preliminary, Arroyo came in fifth, with 8.77 percent of the vote, while Barros received 8.1 percent, placing sixth. Read more
39 days to Nov. 5. The first issue the finalists have decided to spar over became clear yesterday: The Boston version of the People’s Pledge, an attempt to limit the influence of outside groups that was first proposed by Republican Scott Brown and modified by City Councillor Rob Consalvo. The pledge was so wildly popular with voters that Consalvo placed seventh out of twelve in the preliminary. Read more
41 days to the Nov. 5 final. State Rep. Marty Walsh and City Councillor At-Large John Connolly start a sprint to the finish on Wednesday after receiving the most votes out of a field of 12. Both have their day jobs to attend to: On Beacon Hill, the state Legislature will be in full formal session in the afternoon and likely take up a tech tax repeal bill. A new member of the Dorchester delegation will be sworn in as well: Dan Cullinane, who won the 12th Suffolk House seat in a Sept. 10 special election. Inside City Hall, the 13-member Council will meet at noon. Read more
Sep. 24, 2013
Dorchester state Rep. Marty Walsh planned to greet voters outside McKenna’s Café, down the street from his Tuttle Street home in Savin Hill, as polls opened at 7 a.m. across the city. About 7 miles away, District 5 Councillor Rob Consalvo was scheduled to cast his vote at the Blake Estates on Hyde Park Ave. And three miles away from there, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly was set to greet voters at about 7:30 a.m. at St. George Orthodox Church in West Roxbury.
Nine other candidates have similar schedules. For the first time in 30 years, the municipal ballot will not include the name Thomas Menino. Twelve names will be there instead, along with dozens of candidates looking to snag a City Council at-large slot or a district seat. Today’s preliminary will whittle the field of mayoral candidates to two, and the number of at-large candidates to eight.
Polls in the last week have shown what appears to be the solidification of a top tier, as many political observers had predicted months ago: Connolly and Walsh, two candidates who have been running for mayor longer than the other major contenders in the field; Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley, who started with a significant cash advantage; and former Dorchester state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, the lone woman in the race and a former aide to Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick.
But the campaigns of the other contenders will argue they have a fair shot at the final, too, because of the high number of undecided voters that could break their way, the polls undercounting their supporters, or their below-the-radar ground game. The rest of the field includes Consalvo, former School Committee member John Barros, District 5 Councillor Michael Ross, City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo, and Savin Hill activist Bill Walczak. District 4 Councillor Charles Yancey is running for mayor and his council seat. TOUCH 106.1 FM’s Charles Clemons and Roxbury Republican David James Wyatt are also on the ballot.
Secretary Bill Galvin, who oversees the state’s elections department, predicted that turnout will be higher than in the 2009 preliminary, when Menino faced off against two city councillors at-large and a South End activist. That year, 82,000 voters showed up at the polls. Galvin said turnout could be around 100,000 this year, and possibly as high as 125,000, depending on the intensity of interest in the race.
The intensity of candidates’ campaigns is another matter: Galvin expressed concern that voters will have to run a “gauntlet” of campaign supporters attempting to influence voters on their way into their polling place. Galvin said the law forbidding campaigning within 150 feet of a polling location will be enforced. The race for mayor has been largely congenial, Galvin said. “I want to make sure it has a congenial ending.”
In the South End on Sunday, City Councillor At-Large Felix G. Arroyo canvassed with state Rep. Byron Rushing, running into a corner store and a hair salon and chatting up voters inside. They came upon one home with one bumper sticker after the other pasted onto her door, from Jesse Jackson’s run for president, Mel King’s run for Congress, to Rushing’s campaigns for state representative. “Let me tell you, I’m an old lady. I’ve been voting since I’ve been allowed to,” said the bumper stickers’ owner, Beverly Adams, as Arroyo placed a sticker with his name on the door.
Seeing Arroyo with Rushing helped win her over, she said. “I remember when his dad first ran,” she said, referring to Felix D. Arroyo, who also served on the City Council. “He’s charming. He’s personable. And I think he means what he says.” Read more
Today is Election Day. The 12-person field will be winnowed to two finalists who will face off on Nov. 5. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Candidates’ schedules, and a flashback to what newspapers were saying the morning of a preliminary 20 years ago, are available below. Read more
Seven of the twelve candidates running for mayor stepped off the campaign trail on Friday and spent several hours inside City Hall at a hearing on the Suffolk Downs casino proposal. Read more
Sep. 19, 2013
New poll results show 64 percent of likely Boston voters want a citywide referendum on whether to allow a casino at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, and voters deadlocked over allowing the city casino. Read more
9 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary.
GLOBE POLL: City Councillor At-Large John Connolly holds a slight edge in the Globe poll posted on Saturday night. The poll says just 25 percent of voters have made a decision in the first open mayoral race in 30 years. Dive into the details here (PDF). More polls are expected in the coming days, including from Suffolk University’s polling unit. Read more