April 20, 2011
As Dorchester buzzed with the news of City Councillor Maureen Feeney deciding not to run again for her District 3 seat, incumbents and candidate hopefuls made their way to City Hall on Wednesday to apply for nomination papers.
The usual caveats apply: There are signatures to be gathered, and a number of steps before any of these folks can make it onto the ballot.
The following names are as of this afternoon and the list is fluid. Nomination papers will be available for pick-up starting on May 3. The full calendar is available here.
In District 3, the following folks have pulled papers: John O'Toole, Doug Bennett, Marty Hogan and Marydith Tuitt, an aide to state Rep. Gloria Fox (D-Roxbury). More on the potentials here.
Aside from the incumbent Tito Jackson, those who have applied for nomination papers in District 7 include perennial candidates Althea Garrison and Roy Owens, and David James Wyatt, who fell short on signatures during the special election to replace former City Councillor Chuck Turner.
Longtime District 4 Councillor Charles Yancey has applied for papers, as has a Joseph A. Jones Jr. of Dorchester.
As expected, former Boston school principal Suzanne Lee has applied for nomination papers to challenge South Boston's Bill Linehan in District 2. Linehan has also applied for papers.
At the City Council At-Large level, incumbents Ayanna Pressley, Felix Arroyo and John Connolly have applied for nomination papers. Kenneth Jervis, a private chef and a parent who fought the closure of the Clap Elementary School, has also applied. Several others also applied: Deshon Porter, who lists the St. Francis House shelter on Boylston St. as an address; Robert Frasca (who also applied for nomination papers in District 1); and occasional candidate William Feegbeh.
Among the other district councillors who have applied: Salvatore LaMattina (District 1), Rob Consalvo (District 5), Matt O'Malley (District 6), and Mark Ciommo (District 9).
Councillor At-Large Stephen Murphy and Councillor Michael Ross (District 8) were out of town today.