Mayor Thomas Menino Vetoes Boston City Council's Redistricting Map
Council voted, 7-6, in favor of the submitted redistricting map on Aug. 23. The mayor says the new scheme doesn't represent people of color adequately.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino vetoed the redistricting map submitted by the Boston City Council, saying the map "concentrates our many citizens of color into too few districts, and in doing so may limit their equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice."
In his letter to the Boston City Council, which was received by City Council President Stephen Murphy today, Menino outlined his suggestions for improving the map. (The letter is attached to this article.)
The Boston City Council contentiously approved the redistricting map, 7-6, on Aug. 23. The mayor has to approve it to become law, but several city councilors voted against the map due to the same concerns Menino has now voiced.
Among those voting against the new map was JP resident and City Councilor At-Large Felix Arroyo. Jamaica Plain's district councilor, Matt O'Malley, voted for the map.
Redistricting is required every 10 years based upon the US Census.