August 4, 2021
House parties are a tried-and-true method of connecting with voters— something that mayoral candidate and current at-large councillor Annissa Essaibi George knows well. She has frequently used her home on Mayhew Street in Dorchester’s Polish Triangle as a gathering spot for her supporters.
This summer, however, she has opened up her home to candidates who are looking to fill the at-large council seat she is leaving to run for mayor instead of re-election.
Last weekend, she hosted the latest batch of hopefuls, introducing Nick Vance, Bridget Nee-Walsh, and David Halbert to her neighbors. On July 18, she hosted Ruthzee Louijeune, James “Reggie” Colimon, and Carla Monteiro. She kicked off the series on July 11, when she welcomed Kelly Bates, Erin Murphy, and Jon Spillane.
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Essaibi George said she wants to create a space for the candidates to air their platforms amidst the backdrop of Boston’s mayoral race. She plans to welcome three candidates each weekend over the coming several weeks.
Essaibi George has not made any public endorsements in the at-large race, but says she’s “proud to play a small part in assisting them all reach residents and share their ideas. I often say that government is a team sport because the work of leading this city is too important not to pull up a seat at the table for one another.
“These meet-and-greets are one way I can do that. I’ve been in these candidates’ shoes and know how difficult it can be to build a network, especially when there’s a mayor’s race happening,”
The next event is set for next Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Attendees will hear from Alex Gray, Domingos DaRosa, and Donnie Palmer.
People who want to attend can register for the event below:
There are 17 at-large council candidates on the preliminary ballot set for Sept. 14. That number will be cut down to eight finalists for the Nov. 2 general election.