Thursday, May 9, 2013
In 2010, he helped secure more than $5 million dollars to fund the creation of Boston’s bike share program
Mayoral candidate and At-Large Boston City Councilor John Connolly called for an expedited hearing to discuss Boston's bicycling infrastructure, particularly two projects. "There are cycle tracks capital projects being discussed, one at the Public Garden, and the other on Malcolm X Boulevard," said Connolly, during Wednesday's weekly Boston City Council meeting. Connolly said growing Boston's cycling infrastructure is good for public health, economic development, and has the benefit of the established Hubway bike share program. Connolly said many of his colleagues had already taken active rolls in promoting bicycling in Boston through previous initiaves. Specifically, Connolly said the Boston Cyclists Union, as well as other city …
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…
Sunday, April 14, 2013
A second week of announcements has seen the mayor field swell to eight, which more contenders signaling their interest.
In a mayoral race, sometimes an early favorite can dissuade other would-be contenders from starting a campaign. The 2013 Boston mayoral election is not one of those races. Instead, the race has drawn several more contenders this week, and more still are mulling a run. The crowded field has led to what the Boston Herald's Peter Gelzinis called "a shootout in a lifeboat," with each candidate working feverishly to solidify his support in his own backyard. The swollen field will be reduced to two after the primary, and every new candidate lowers the total vote threshold needed to make the finals. This past week, city councilors Mike Ross and Felix Arroyo joined the race, along with long-time Dorchester community activist Bill Walczak. That's …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and former state rep Charlotte Golar Richie are both considering running for Boston mayor. Either candidate would be the first prominent female candidate in the race.
At-Large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who topped the citywide at-large race two years ago, is still considering running for Boston mayor, she told the Boston Herald. Also, seriously considering getting into the race is former state representative Charlotte Golar Richie, currently the senior vice president for public policy, advocacy and government relations for YouthBuild USA. If Pressley or Richie were to run, either would be the first prominent female mayoral candidate. So far city councilors Felix Arroyo, Mike Ross, Rob Consalvo and John Connolly, have all announced they're running for mayor. State Rep. Martin Walsh and District Attorney Dan Conley are also two of the more prominent candidates.
Friday, April 12, 2013
District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley says he would sacrifice himself if he, John Connolly and Michael Ross, were falling off a cliff and he could save both of them.
District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley, representing Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, parts of Roslindale and Mission Hill, talked about his endorsement of John Connolly for Boston mayor, his food preferences, and delicious Boston tap water with Patch. Patch: You endorsed At-Large City Councilor John Connolly for Boston mayor? O'Malley: Correct. Patch: But now your fellow colleagues Felix Arroyo, Rob Consalvo and Michael Ross are all running to be the next Boston mayor – did you endorse too soon? O'Malley: No. I think this is among the most important elections of my lifetime and many Bostonians lifetime. Tom Menino will go down as one of the greatest mayors in Boston’s history and whomever follows him will have enormous shoes to fill. I …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Distrct 8 City Councilor Mike Ross joins fellow city councilors John Connolly, Felix Arroyo, and Rob Consalvo, as announced candidates.
District 8 City Councilor Mike Ross announced his candidacy for Boston mayor on Thursday. "This week, our Red Sox returned for their home opener, providing Bostonians with a surge of hope, optimism and renewal. Every year on Opening Day, I think back to 13 years ago, during my earliest days as a city councilor, when a small group of us stood together against powerful forces to save Fenway Park. All of Boston won that fight and look at the neighborhood today," Ross wrote via a new website for his mayoral candidacy. "Today, in that same spirit of community activism and determination to continue building a better Boston, I am announcing that I will be getting into the race for mayor," added Ross. First elected in 1999, he has represented …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo has entered his name into Boston’s crowded race to become the next mayor.
Standing in front of a wall lined with supporters, another city councilor announced he would be running for mayor Tuesday morning. City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo officially entered his name into the race at a press conference from SEIU Local 615 Tuesday morning. If elected, Arroyo, who lives in Jamaica Plain, would be Boston’s first Latino mayor. Arroyo answered a few questions from the media, including one about his campaign’s approach. “I will have the strongest grassroots campaign, powered by committed volunteers and funded by small donors, that’s…the only way that I would want to win, and that’s exactly how I will govern,” he said. Arroyo has been an organizer advocating for workers’ rights at SEIU 16.
City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo will hold a press conference today likely announcing he will run for mayor.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Bill Walczak co-founded the Codman Square Health Center, as well as the Codman Academy Charter Public School.
Longtime community organizer Bill Walczak announced that he is running for Boston mayor, adding his name to the growing list of candidates. Walczak co-founded the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, and is currently the president of the Codman Academy Charter Public School, which he also founded, according to the Boston Globe. Walczak, spoke to the Globe about the candidates: “We have a really good group of candidates, they’re all really good people,” Walczak said. “It’s going to be a sprint, and I look forward to the discussions we’re going to have about the future of the city.” He is also the vice president at Shawmut Design and Construction, where he has represented the company before government and community groups.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
District 5 City Councilor Consalvo throws his hat into the growing mayoral candidacy ring.
Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo announced his candidacy for Boston mayor on Thursday. “For the last 11 years I have built a very strong record as a Boston City Councilor bringing new ideas, new energy, and new vision all across our city,” said Consalvo via press release, pledging to lead Boston into its next generation of greatness and continue working at making Boston better. Consalvo will formally kick-off his campaign later this month. The father of three, including two students in Boston Public Schools, listed his accomplishments while on the Boston City Council, representing Roslindale, Hyde Park, Mattapan and West Roxbury through the years (the district has changed during his service). "I am running for Mayor because I love the …