Marie St. Fleur

Lawton: Lack of representation, turnout has hurt Fifth Suffolk

Letter to the Editor
Oct. 7, 2010

To the Editor:
The Boston Globe endorsement of state representative candidate Carlos Henriquez and last minute support from former state rep Marie St. Fleur during the September primary signal the continuation of a “tradition” the people of Dorchester and Roxbury can no longer afford. As the Globe opined, “he (Henriquez) will be the best candidate to continue the tradition of leadership from the Fifth Suffolk district.”

What leadership tradition is that, of leaving the district in the lurch by leaving for other jobs?
The geographic majority of the Fifth Suffolk clearly disagrees with the Globe’s assessment of what we need in new leadership, as I carried a majority of the district’s precincts.  Read more

In speech and song, St. Fleur bids House colleagues adieu

Marie St. Fleur: “The job can’t be done half-hearted.”Marie St. Fleur: “The job can’t be done half-hearted.”“Merci.” With that note of gratitude to her former colleagues on Beacon Hill, Marie St. Fleur this week brought an end to ten and a half years in the state House of Representatives. The Dorchester Democrat resigned Friday from her Fifth Suffolk District House seat and started her new job in City Hall the following Monday.

A few hours before she would give an emotional farewell speech, a State House custom afforded to outgoing legislators, to the 159 lawmakers gathered in the House chamber, St. Fleur sat down with the Reporter to reflect on her time in office, her new job as Mayor Thomas Menino’s chief of advocacy and strategic investment, her thoughts on a governor running for re-election and the candidates vying to succeed her.  Read more

Summary of St. Fleur's farewell speech to House of Representatives

From the State House News Service comes a summary of the remarks former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur made Tuesday to her former colleagues on the House floor.

St. Fleur this week started a job in the Menino administration as its chief of advocacy and strategic investment. She served in the Fifth Suffolk District seat for just over a decade, winning a special election in 1999.  Read more

Rep. St. Fleur joins Menino administration

Gintautas Dumcius
Apr. 23, 2010

State Rep. Marie St. Fleur, who announced earlier this year she isn't running for re-election, will join Mayor Thomas Menino's cabinet, the mayor's office said Friday.  Read more

A longer look at the Fifth Suffolk

This week's Dot Reporter has a write-through of the news of Rep. Marie St. Fleur's departure, as well as a look at some of the names that a small group of activists have been pushing. That small group will likely be very involved in choosing the eventual winner. So who have they been talking about? Click here to find out that and whether some of them are interested. Also: There will be a "Greatest Minds" forum on March 1 to discuss the 2010 census and the two open House seats - St. Fleur's Fifth Suffolk and retiring Rep. Willie Mae Allen's Sixth Suffolk. The forum is scheduled for March 1 at the National Black College Alliance in Roxbury’s Dudley Square at 6:30 p.m.  Read more

St. Fleur confirms she's not running for reelection

State Rep. Marie St. Fleur, a self-described "Uphams Corner kid," isn't running for re-election, she confirmed on Saturday.

At a caucus of Ward 15 Democrats, St. Fleur said she no longer wanted the job. "I don't want to be in the way of anyone," she said. "The job can't be done halfhearted."

She noted that she has one daughter in college, another "on her way," and a son about to start high school. "So it's time for transitions," she said.  Read more

St. Fleur eyes the Massachusetts Eighth

Quite a few people are looking at U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano's seat should he win the U.S. Senate race. Add state Rep. Marie St. Fleur to that list of people.

Menino charter school proposal set for July 21 hearing

The Legislature's Education Committee has scheduled a hearing for later this month on Mayor Thomas Menino's plan to create "in-district" charter schools, a policy reversal for him.

Menino has said if the proposal doesn't pass during the current two-year session, he will ask the governor to lift the state cap on charter schools.  Read more

St. Fleur, Walsh travel to Haiti

Rep. Marty Walsh spent St. Patrick's Day in Haiti this week. Walsh joined a delegation led by fellow Dorchester state Rep. Marie St. Fleur for an informational trip to the Caribbean county, which is still reeling from the heavy hurricane season.  Read more

Walsh, Wallace lead renewed charge for casinos

The resignation of House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, an avowed opponent of casino gambling, was barely official last week before eyes on Beacon Hill turned to the renewed potential of bringing three casinos to the Bay State.

DiMasi's successor, Rep. Robert DeLeo, is a supporter of slots at the state's racetracks and is open to discussing casinos. Last year, under DiMasi's watch and direction, House lawmakers overwhelmingly defeated Gov. Deval Patrick's proposal to expand gambling.  Read more