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Reporter's Notebook: Youth group organizing mayoral forum

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 10, 2013

A coalition of Dorchester-based groups is putting together a mayoral forum to be held inside the First Parish Church on Meetinghouse Hill on Thurs. Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. Teens with the Cape Verdean Community (CVC) UNIDO’s Youth Leadership Academy are planning the event, which will focus on bilingual education and youth jobs as topics and feature questions from other neighborhood groups.

The other organizations involved, according to the CVC’s Peter Roby, include the Bowdoin Geneva Alliance, the Bowdoin Street Health Center, College Bound Dorchester, the Family Nurturing Center, the Friends of Ronan Park, the Richfield Street Association, the Ridgewood Street Association, the Ward 15 Democratic Committee, and the Meetinghouse Hill Civic Association.  Read more

Candidates spar over an elected vs. appointed school panel

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 26, 2013

Three of the twelve candidates running for mayor, meeting in a forum on Tuesday at the Palm restaurant at One International Place, differed among themselves on whether the city’s School Committee should consist of elected or mayorally appointed members.  Read more

Mayoral hopefuls talk education in Roslindale forum

Mayoral Candidates Address Education from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

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

Dot fields bumper crop of mayoral candidates

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

Walsh on his run for mayor: ‘I have a lot to offer the city’

Rep. Marty Walsh waves to supporters during a Strand Theatre rally on Saturday. Photo courtesy Walsh Campaign.

When Mayor Thomas Menino said he would not attempt to add another four-year term to his 20-year tenure, there was little doubt that Dorchester state Rep. Marty Walsh would take a crack at the seat opening up on City Hall’s fifth floor.

On Saturday, before a crowd of over 1,000 supporters at the Strand Theatre, Walsh strode onto the stage and looked out into the audience, his voice straining with emotion as he recounted his life story.

Mary Walsh, his mother, stood off to his left. “He’s always talked about running for mayor,” she said, after the confetti cannons belched out the red, white, and blue ticker tape. “He always talked about politics.”  Read more

Rep. Walsh: Not running for AFL-CIO president

State Rep. Marty WalshState Rep. Marty WalshState Rep. Martin Walsh (D-Dorchester) said Monday he won't be running for president of the AFL-CIO. Robert Haynes, who held the post since 1998, said last week he would not be running for reelection in October.  Read more

Walsh on front lines of local labor disputes

Mike Deehan, Special to the Reporter
Mar. 3, 2011

As protests over the role of public sector labor unions heat up across the country, a panel of experts, including Dorchester State Representative Martin Walsh, took part in a discussion of how the collective bargaining system works in Massachusetts.  Read more

Walsh to take key union post; plans to keep House seat

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 1, 2010

State Rep. Marty WalshState Rep. Marty WalshStarting in January, state Rep. Marty Walsh will be taking on a new job as high-profile official at a regional union umbrella group. He was elected to the post – secretary-treasurer and general agent of the Boston Building Trades Council – this fall.

The Dorchester legislator intends to keep his House seat after he assumes his new responsibilities.

Walsh has held down a lower-profile union job while a state representative for the last 12 years, serving as president of Local 223, a construction and general laborers’ union, a position he also intends to keep. He receives an annual $1,500 salary and runs a meeting of the local once a month.

The Dorchester Democrat and union officials said the new job has been vetted for potential conflicts of interest with his position as a state representative. He is awaiting a final response from the state Ethics Commission, which has given an initial okay, he said. He has retained an attorney from Boston law firm Mintz Levin to help with the vetting.  Read more

(UPDATED) Several Dorchesterites gather for Capuano

Several Dorchesterites - both prominent locals and electeds - are gathering together under the "Dot for Capuano" banner. Congressman Michael Capuano is one of four Democrats running to for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's vacant seat.  Read more

VIDEO: 2009 Dorchester Day Parade

Mike Deehan
Jun. 9, 2009

The 2009 Dorchester Day parade was one to remember. Perfect weather, inspired floats and a great turnout along Dorchester Avenue made this a day many in the community won't soon forget. The Reporter was there with video camera in hand to capture some the day's events.