John Connolly

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

It's a boy for the Connollys

City Councillor At-Large John Connolly announces the birth of Edward Ronan Connolly.

The baby came a few hours ahead of schedule: he was due on Sept. 22, the day of the preliminary.

Congrats to John and his wife Meg from the Lit Drop and the Dorchester Reporter!

At-Large race: the baby factor

City Councillor At-Large John Connolly’s schedule could get even more hectic: His wife Meg is due on Sept. 22, the day of the preliminary. “Any day now,” Connolly said. “When it’s time to go to the hospital, that’s where I’ll be.”

The new baby will join the Connollys’ one-year-old daughter, Clare.

Connolly won’t be the only guy with a new kid in tow on the campaign trail: Jamie Chisholm, who is running Ayanna Pressley’s campaign for a City Council At-Large seat, became a father on Aug. 14 after his wife Lauren gave birth to a girl, Alice Evangeline.

Mo' money, mo'... likelihood of surviving 9/22, I guess.

The Boston Phoenix’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 don’t seem to be able to make headway in the conservative donor scene.

Ward 5 endorses Connolly, Pressley

Thirteen out of the fifteen candidates running for the four City Council At-Large spots faced off in a forum in the Back Bay on Tuesday night, staking out their positions on the city budget, the Boston Redevelopment Authority and busing.

The Ward 5 Democratic Committee, which co-hosted the forum with the Ward 4 Democratic Committee, afterwards immediately voted to endorse two of the candidates: John Connolly, currently serving his first term as a Councillor At-Large, and Ayanna Pressley, a former aide to U.S. Sen. John Kerry.  Read more

Connolly pitches 'Green Agenda' in council hearings

At-Large Councillor John Connolly is using the tripod of committees he chairs - Education, Environment and "A Livable Boston" - to support a four-pronged "Green Agenda." He expects to order City Council hearings for the proposals on Wednesday.  Read more

Ross ascendancy gives Connolly a new platform with 'Livable Boston' panel

Councillor Michael Ross's election to the Council president's chair on Monday signals yet another yearly council ritual - the backroom battles over committee assignments.

The early winner of this traditionally underground skirmish seems to be at-Large Councillor John Connolly, whose special "Livable Boston" committee was among Ross's first announcements. Connolly's committee theme recalls ideas he drove home at backyard barbeques and house parties all over the city during his 2007 campaign.  Read more

Arroyo out, Connolly in for at-large council; Anemic turnout across city

In a rare rebuke by a city electorate fond of its incumbent pols, voters on Tuesday replaced at-large city councillor Felix Arroyo of Jamaica Plain with West Roxbury's John Connolly, an attorney and former teacher who finished fourth overall. Incumbents Michael Flaherty, Steve Murphy and Sam Yoon - in that order - took the top three spots in citywide balloting. Yoon, who lives near Field's Corner, won the majority of Dorchester's precincts and made strong inroads citywide, replacing Arroyo as the leading minority vote-getter in Boston.  Read more

Council hopeful makes pitch, one party at a time; Connolly banking on turnout push

"It's quiet out here," is the standard Dot-onian comment on the at-large City Council race this cycle. With expectations of a low-turnout, little to no press coverage and only five candidates with operations proven to pull significant votes citywide, incumbents seem to be dusting off the old campaign gear only now, three weeks before the final election.

On the other hand, skilled political observers willing to bet a trifecta in the race are exceedingly rare.  Read more