November 6, 2013
Allston Brighton gave a 894 vote margin to John Connolly in the race for mayor that was won by Marty Walsh. Connolly garnered 5097 votes (54.8%) to Walsh’s 4203 votes (45.2%), winning all but three of the twenty-six precincts. Walsh won three: 22-1 and 22-2 (North Allston) and 22-12 (roughly, Brighton’s Faneuil Square area), but by less than a dozen votes in each. Those narrow margins played out in many sections of the community, with Connolly only hitting 55% or above in four of Ward 22’s precincts. His margins were better in Ward 21, but even there, it was an edge of ten or fewer votes in three precincts. Usually, the residents of senior housing in Ward 21 vote en masse for one candidate, but that vote split this time.
Four years ago, Tom Menino had his worst showing in a final election in Allston Brighton. He won Ward 22 by a mere 58 votes, while Ward 21 put him up by 705, due to the big margins he racked up in any section with senior housing.
WBUR has a nifty map of yesterday’s results.
Congratulations to Marty Walsh and kudos to John Connolly for their dedication and hard work.
October 13, 2013
Spend some time Columbus Day discovering the candidates. The next mayor of Boston will be in our neighborhood tomorrow, October 14. Both Marty Walsh and John Connolly will be campaigning here. Walsh will take questions at one of his “Mondays with Marty” forums at 8 PM at the Brighton Marine Health Center, 77 Warren Street. Connolly is hosting a meet and greet from 6 to 8PM at the Stockyard Restaurant, 135 Market Street. Thanks to John Laadt of the Walsh campaign for letting me know about their event, and thanks to the Hobart Neighborhood Association for their tip about the Connolly appearance.
August 20, 2013
Recently, just before 9PM, I received a call that plumbed my concerns, biases and opinions about the mayoral race. It was a quite detailed inquiry that lasted more than twenty minutes. Most of the questions were in regard to education and charter schools, with what seemed to be a bias against raising the charter school cap and devoting more money to them. The company did not identify who they were polling for. I was given a choice of five candidates to vote for, Conley, Golar-Richie, Arroyo, Connolly and Walsh. I declared myself undecided, even though that was not an offered option. There were some questions that seemed to be anti-John Connolly, although it could also have been his campaign testing how attacks on his pro-charter school stance might affect his support.
July 23, 2013
Below is the list of all candidates for mayor of Boston. Click on a name to get to the campaign website. David James Wyatt does not seem to have a web presence, and Charles Yancey only posts a site for his city council campaign (yes, he is running for re-election as the Mattapan district councilor as well as for mayor.) Read up and make your decision. Not all that much time left before the preliminary election on Tuesday, September 24. You may not get a chance like this for another twenty years.
Felix Arroyo, Jr.
John F. Barros
Charles L. Clemons, Jr.
David James Wyatt
January 24, 2013
The Allston Brighton State House delegation will be available Thursday, January 31 to speak about and take your questions regarding the upcoming legislative session. The meeting will be at 6:15PM at the Brighton Branch Library. If you have concerns about the governor’s recently unveiled plans for transportation, education and the increased taxes to pay for it, this is an excellent opportunity to voice them. The event is sponsored by the Ward 21 Democratic Committee.
April 5, 2012
Wow. Action for Boston Community Development has whacked the funding of longtime – we’re talking at least three decades here – Allston Brighton APAC director Paul Creighton. APAC is the acronym for the Area Planning Action Council, located on Harvard Avenue. Paul has run for Allston Brighton district city council three times. The whole thing has ended up in court. The APAC, meaning Mr. Creighton, has always managed to survive below the radar, enduring changes in US presidents, Boston mayors and sundry local elected officials. So who did he piss off?
February 16, 2012
Ward 22 Democrats will be caucusing this Saturday, February 18 to select delegates to the state convention. The twenty-two political junkies who win will get to spend the first Saturday of June in Springfield. Smith Senior Center, 20 Chestnut Hill Avenue, be a registered Democrat and get there no later than 2 PM to be eligible to vote. If you prefer to run on your own two feet, New Balance is giving free stuff and advice on winter running that morning from 9 to 12 near the Hatch Shell, according to Boston.com.