It’s now time to scramble in the mayoral campaign

One month, three weeks, and two days. That’s how long the Boston mayoral candidates have to lock down their support as they jockey, vie, and maneuver through the neighborhoods outside of their own.

City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo, hoping to become the city’s first Latino mayor, had a fundraiser with Pulitzer-winning author Junot Diaz. Fellow City Councillor At-Large John Connolly claimed the support of an East Boston state representative, who flipped from supporting Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley due to a disagreement over whether a casino vote should take place in East Boston only. And state Rep. Marty Walsh used Roxbury’s Madison Park Vocational Technical High School as a backdrop for the unveiling of his school maintenance and construction plan.

Meanwhile, the number of forums continues to grow, with the Dorchester Board of Trade and others hoping to get some face time with the dozen candidates.

Last night, former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie was expected to kick off her mayoral campaign by outlining a “vision” for the city in a speech at Hibernian Hall.

Golar Richie appeared on Channel 5’s political chat show “On the Record” in mid-July, and one of the hosts asked her if being is a woman of color is notable in this campaign. “I do think that I can energize women in a way that maybe the average guy can’t,” Golar Richie said. “Because women, you know, just like everybody [are] looking for a role model. And if we haven’t seen a woman mayor before, we haven’t seen an African-American mayor here in the city before, people are going to be like, ‘Wow, Charlotte, you know, kudos to you for getting out there.’ ”


Aug. 1 (today) – Out of School Youth and Young Adults Forum,
Roxbury Community College Media Center, Building 1, Roxbury.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Moderator is Channel 7’s Byron Barnett; organizers include Boston Private Industry Council and Freedom House.
Aug. 6 – “Why We Can’t Wait for Housing” Forum, Josiah Quincy Elementary School auditorium, 885 Washington St., Chinatown. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Aug. 8 – DotOUT Forum, Ledge, 2261 Dorchester Ave., Lower Mills. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Aug. 12 – West Roxbury Candidates’ Night, St. George Church, 55 Emmonsdale Rd., West Roxbury. 7 p.m. Forum includes City Council candidates.

Aug. 7 – Boston Globe Lab Debates, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester.
7 p.m. Rob Consalvo, Michael Ross, and Marty Walsh

Aug. 14 – Boston Globe Lab Debates, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester.
4 p.m. John Connolly and Dan Conley

Aug. 14 – Boston Globe Lab Debates, 135 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester.
7 p.m. Felix Arroyo, John Barros, Charles Clemons, Charlotte Golar Richie, and Bill Walczak

Aug. 15 – Boston Park Advocates’ Parks and Open Space Forum, Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse, Dorchester. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Boston Architectural College President Ted Landsmark to moderate.

Aug. 16 – “EcoForum” at City Hall Plaza, Government Center. 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Aug. 19 – Main Street Coalition Forum, Strand Theatre, Dorchester
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WGBH’s Callie Crossley will moderate. More information:!forum/c21kz.

Aug. 22 – Youth Group Forum, First Parish Church, Meetinghouse Hill, Dorchester.

6 p.m. Teens from the Cape Verdean Community (CVC) UNIDO’s Youth Leadership Academy are planning the event.

Aug. 27 – Ward 10 Mayoral Candidate’s Night, Parks Community Building, 2 New Whitney St, Mission Park. 6 p.m.

Aug. 29 – South End Business Alliance Forum, Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont, South End. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Boston Courant is the sponsor.

Sept. 5 – Ward 19 and Ward 5 Democratic Committees, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Sept. 10 – NAACP Forum, 650 Dudley St., Boston. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sept. 10 – Coalition for Community Forum, Roxbury Community College, Media Arts Center, 1234 Columbus Ave. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sept. 11 – Action for Boston Community Development Forum, 178 Tremont St., Melnea Cass Room. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sept. 11 – Boston Teachers Union Forum, 180 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 – Boston University School of Education Forum, Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sept. 16 – Back Bay Association Forum, Liberty Mutual Conference Center. 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 18 – Dorchester Board of Trade, Freeport Tavern, 780 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester.

6:30 p.m. UMass Boston’s Professor Paul Watanabe to moderate.

Sept. 19 – UMass Boston’s McCormack School, The Boston Foundation, and WBUR Forum. UMass Boston, Dorchester. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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