Thursday, May 23, 2013
Two of the biggest heavyweights in the mayor's race reside in West Roxbury - John Connoly and Dan Conley.
Numerous West Roxbury residents have submitted nomination papers for Boston's mayoral and city council races. Of the 17 candidates who submitted mayoral nomination papers, two West Roxbury residents are clearly first and second in having the most cash for their campaigns. Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley has more than $1 million cash on hand for his campaign, according to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF); Although Conley's campaign did have more than $800,000 before he announced his mayoral candidacy. At-Large City Councilor John Connolly has about $488K on hand, according to OCPF, who benefitted from donations due to announcing his mayoral candidacy before Mayor Thomas Menino said he would not seek …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Congressman and US Senate candidate Ed Markey is the Democratic candidate for the special US Senate election.
Democratic US Senate candidate Ed Markey was joined by several local political leaders in a campaign stop at Roche Bros in West Roxbury on Tuesday. While fielding media questions, the congressman would stop to greet shoppers, "Can I say hello? I'm Congressman Ed Markey." For many Parkway residents it was the first look at Markey, D-5th, who will face Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez in June 25 special state election to replace John Kerry, now the Secretary of State. Markey was joined at Roche Bros by District 6 Boston City Councilor Matt O'Malley, state Rep. Ed Coppinger, D-West Roxbury, as well as Ed Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts. All three men endorsed Markey. "Ed's what we need in Washington …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Tuesday at 5 p.m. was the deadline for submitting nomination signatures to be a candidate on the ballot.
Seventeen possible Boston mayoral candidates submitted papers Tuesday before the 5 p.m. deadline at City Hall. That doesn't mean all 17 will be on the ballot in the Sept. 24 election, as 3,000 individual signatures must be certified by June 25. Twenty-four people signed out nomination papers by the May 13 deadline, which leaves seven potential candidates by the wayside following this week's cut-off. With 17 possible candidates vying for signatures across Boston, it is possible that some voters signed for multiple candidates, and signatures can only count once. First come, first served is the rule, so some signatures may be thrown out. But for now there are some heavyweights in the biggest Boston election in decades. City Councilors John…
Thursday, May 16, 2013
In total, 24 people signed up for mayoral nomination papers, and 27 people signed up for nomination papers for at-large city council.
The deadline to sign up for nomination papers for Boston's mayoral and city council elections has passed, with 24 possible candidates for mayor. To put that in perspective, there were five total candidates in 2009's preliminary election for Boston mayor. The deadline to sign up for papers was Monday at 5 p.m., and there were no big surprises at the deadline—like Mayor Thomas Menino deciding to seek reelection. "The 24 candidates who signed up by Monday’s deadline must now gather 3,000 signatures by May 21 in order to appear on the Sept. 24 election ballot," city spokesperson Emilee Ellison said. Some possible candidates have already started to announce they're not running for office, such as Frank John Addivinola Jr. and Gene Gorman. …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The crowded field includes contenders also seeking the mayor's chair.
The mayor's race has gotten all the attention, but there are actually more people running for an at-large City Council seat this year. There are currently 25 people trying to secure the four at-large slots. Which makes sense: If Mayor Tom Menino is the keystone on Boston politics, then removing him leads to all the other stones shifting and sliding into new places. Some would-be candidates are hedging their bets, taking out nomination papers for mayor and at-large city council. Others are focused on one race. May 13 is the last day to take out nomination papers, so there's a small chance this list will grow. And there's no guarantee all 25 will return with the required signatures. For now, however, the ranks of at-large candidates are …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Martin Keogh and Seamus Whalen are the only two West Roxbury residents who have pulled nomination papers for the at-large race.
West Roxbury's Martin Keogh said his campaign for the at-large Boston City Council race will focus on improving the Boston Public Schools. Keogh, an attorney, is one of two West Roxbury residents, the other being Seamus Whelan, who have pulled nomination papers for the at-large race, according to Boston's Elections Department. “It’s pretty simple. If we give kids something more to do after school, something that they will enjoy doing - and not just homework, they, and their parents, will stay in that school, and stay involved in that school," said Keogh through a statement in announcing his candidacy. "This will not only strengthen the school, but the entire community. But that is never going to happen unless we offer more choice, offer …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Google Maps has an image of Michael Flaherty's '09 campaign at mayoral candidate John Connolly's new Roslindale Campaign Headquarters on Belgrade Avenue.
Mayoral candidate and At-Large City Councilor John Connolly is opening a new campaign headquarters at 162 Belgrade Ave., in Roslindale - but according to Google's streetview, the location is taken by Michael Flaherty's 2009 mayoral campaign. Connolly laughed when told about it, "I'll see if I can get the Google satellites to update the picture." West Roxbury Patch tweeted about the new campaign location, which Ryan O. Ferguson, tweeted back about the current Google streetview for the location: "Streetview has Flaherty for Mayor 09 sign!#badjuju RT @WestRoxPatch: John Connolly opening campaign office|162 Belgrade Av #bospoli #mapoli" Asked whether it was bad luck? Connolly retorted, "No. We had it in 2011 and we won. We changed the luck on …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
As candidates continue to pull papers for the mayor race, some early contenders find themselves jockeying for position against their neighbors.
Five weeks ago, there was one declared candidate for mayor. John Connolly had his run of the city while current Mayor Tom Menino weighed his future. Now, fully two dozen men and women have pulled nomination papers for the mayor's race. A map of the current list of candidates finds some familiar patterns: Most candidates live toward south and center of the city, matching the city's overall population density. But that means candidates who live a mere blocks apart will tussle over the same turf and base of voter support. There are 11 candidates from Dorchester, four from Hyde Park, three from Roxbury, two from Roxbury and one each from East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill. The top two vote-getters in the primary will move on to the…
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The two will face off on June 25 in the U.S. Senate special election.
After months of campaigning we now know who is going head to head in the June 25 special U.S. Senate election. Democratic Congressman Edward Markey (D-Malden) took the Democratic vote in the Tuesday election over fellow Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston). Political newcomer and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset came out on top of a field of Republican candidates - including more seasoned opponents former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and State Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. With a month and a half of campaigning still to come we wanted to stop and ask you this question. If the Special Election were today - who would you vote for right now? Markey or Gomez? Tell us in our comments section below.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Republican Gabriel Gomez will face Democrat U.S. Rep Ed Markey on June 25 to choose who will be Massachusetts' junior senator.
Despite losing the Democratic U.S. Senate primary on Tuesday, Steven Lynch took home more votes in West Roxbury than winner and fellow U.S. Rep. Ed Markey. In total, West Roxbury's wards voted for Lynch 3,652 to Markey's 2,301, according to unofficial results from the City of Boston's Elections Department. Please see attached screen shots. Markey will face Republican Gabriel Gomez in a June 25th special election to replace John Kerry, who became the U.S. Secretary of State. Gomez took home more votes in West Roxbury 382 to Michael Sullivan's 298, followed by state Rep. Dan Winslow's 90. But in the June 25 election, voters can choose to vote for any party's candidate, blank vote or do a write-in, so Gomez could grab more votes similar to…