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
4 days to the Sept. 24 preliminary. The City Council’s economic development committee is holding a 12 p.m. hearing on the Suffolk Downs casino proposal and the plan for a Nov. 5 vote on the matter. Bill Walczak, whose opposition to a Boston casino is the centerpiece of his mayoral campaign, will testify. In a statement on Thursday, Walczak blasted the proposal as “magical thinking” and questioned the revenue figures behind the proposal. Walczak will again push the council to allow for a city-wide vote on the issue, a stance that has drawn public support in recent polls. Read more
On a hill in Jamaica Plain, behind a row of homes on Peter Parley Road that share a backyard, the mayoral hopefuls weaved their way through the crowd of voters at the Ward 11 Democratic Committee’s picnic. Read more
Sep. 17, 2013
A day after state Rep. Marty Walsh, a mayoral candidate, proposed moving City Hall as part of a plan to revitalize Government Center, a rival called the idea “stale” and said the next mayor should be focused on areas like Uphams Corner and its Leon Electric Building, a neighborhood eyesore.
Walsh on Sunday unveiled a proposal to sell off City Hall Plaza, putting it back on tax rolls to the tune of $10 to $12 million a year, creating construction jobs, and netting an estimated $125 million to $150 million in onetime revenue. The city would then ask a private developer to construct a new City Hall, which the city would lease until it would eventually revert back to the city at the cost of $1. Walsh said the revenue would be used to fund universal early childhood education, parks, public art and add to the city’s rainy day fund. 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
Sep. 13, 2013
In response to a News Service questionnaire, nine of the 12 candidates hoping to become the next mayor of Boston explained their stances on regulating and supervising medical marijuana facilities in the city.
QUESTION: How would your administration deal with medical marijuana dispensaries in Boston?
JOHN CONNOLLY: Voters have decided that such dispensaries are legal and it is now up to the city to come up with thoughtful zoning requirements to ensure that dispensaries are not concentrated in our most underserved neighborhoods or near schools. Read more
11 days to the preliminary.
THE DAY AHEAD: City Councillor At-Large John Connolly has held a meet-and-greet in South Boston and fills out the rest of the day with meet-and-greets with voters in the North End, Fenway, and the South End, with a 1 p.m. stop at City Hall Plaza for Lebanon Day. Codman Square Health co-founder Bill Walczak will be at Mattapan Library at 10:30 a.m. for a “Regional System of Care Candidates Meeting,” before heading to an Adams Village Business Association meeting at 12:30 p.m. Read more
Sep. 11, 2013
In response to a News Service questionnaire, nine of the 12 candidates for mayor of Boston offered their positions on whether the city should contribute funding for additional MBTA services in and around Boston. At question is the expansion of MBTA subway services later into the night or the return of late-night bus lines.
QUESTION: Should the city provide more of its own funds to expand service on the MBTA to include later service? How much and for what services? Read more
Stephen Murphy looked relieved that he wasn’t in the scrum in Suffolk University’s Modern Theatre. Getting up to leave after the end of the mayoral election’s first televised debate, the City Council president looked over as reporters and campaign aides jostled for space on the floor. “I could’ve used my gavel out there,” he quipped, referring to the raucous nature of the debate. “I don’t think anybody won.” Read more
Sep. 10, 2013
In a 90-minute fast-paced 12-way exchange that at times resembled a raucous dinner-table argument, Boston's would-be mayors jostled for voters' attention with just under two weeks until the Sept. 24 preliminary that will cull the candidates to two finalists.
"My name is Charles Yancey, and I'm running for mayor of the city of Boston," the three-decade city councilor, who is also a candidate for re-election to the City Council, said during a rare lull in the Monday night debate. Read more