Archive for July, 2013

July 23, 2013

Hizzonah Wannabees

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.

Dan Conley

John Connolly

Robert Consalvo

Charlotte Golar-Richie

Michael Ross

Bill Walczak

Martin Walsh

David James Wyatt

Charles Yancey

July 21, 2013

Dunkin’ with Arroyo

Felix Arroyo will be at the Oak Square Dunkin Donuts the morning of Monday, July 21 from 7:30 to 9 to meet residents and speak about his campaign for mayor.

July 21, 2013

Mayor’s race comes to Allston Brighton

Did I post too soon? A mayoral race that has been somnolent locally has now shown signs of life. The Ward 21 Democratic Committee has endorsed City Councilor Michael Ross for mayor. Ross currently represents District 8, comprised of Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway and Mission Hill. A mayoral forum sponsored by a plethora of local groups (Allston Board of Trade, Brighton Board of Trade, Brighton Allston Improvement Association) will be held at WGBH this Tuesday night. Today, Representative Marty Walsh of Dorchester opened a campaign office in Oak Square. John Connolly, currently a city-wide councilor, is hosting a meet and greet this Thursday. And finally, a volunteer for City Councilor and mayoral aspirant Felix Arroyo, Jr. informs me she knocked on my door when I wasn’t home and left literature that I must have missed. So things are happening, but the general topic is still the heat of the summer rather than the political temperature.

July 19, 2013

All quiet on the Allston Brighton campaign front

This year’s mayoral race, the first time there has not been an elected or interim mayor seeking to hold on to the office in thirty years, hardly seems to exist in Allston Brighton. There are few yard signs, and even those have not been up long. I have yet to receive a single piece of mail, flyer or phone call from any candidate, despite the fact that I am as reliable a voter you will find.

Locally, the Ward 21 Democratic Committee has, to its credit, hosted candidate forums and posted the responses of the candidates to their questionnaire. But is is a far cry from the frenzy of activity in 1983 or even 1993, when Menino scored his first mayoral victory.

There are some reasons for this, I think. The staff cutbacks and circulation decline experienced by the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald are part of it. Boston political news no longer gets much attention on the main local television stations. We no longer have a local newspaper of any significance. The 1983 campaign also was the first year for district representation, with a horde of candidates knocking on doors for both city council and school committee seats. Some of the mayoral candidates had local offices (David Finnegan and Mel King during the preliminary, Ray Flynn joined Mel for the final, not sure of any others.)

It takes an enormous amount of organizing to engage people to vote in any Allston Brighton election. The Elizabeth Warren campaign did an outstanding job last year, but had the advantage of turnout that was also driven by interest in the presidential race, as well as intense attention to her battle with Scott Brown from both local and national media.

July 9, 2013

Maybe someone can ask the mayoral candidates how they would handle this stuff

The BAIA has a full agenda for tomorrow night, with two candidates for mayor, Charlotte Golar Richie and Mike Ross making their pitch, as well city council at-large hopeful Doug Wohn, along with an array of zoning and licensing issues. Among them: building a single-family home at 53 Gerrish Street; Domino’s request to allow deliveries until 3AM at their location on Washington Street near Lake Street; and an update on the development proposal for the former Circle Cinema site in Cleveland Circle. More detail here, stop by 326 Washington Street at 7PM tomorrow, meetings are open to everyone.


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