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Two Candidates in Race for South End’s City Council District

As of Monday, May 13, which was the last day to pull nomination papers, two candidates were in the race for the South End’s District 2 city council race. 

Those candidates are South Boston’s Bill Linehan and Chinatown’s Suzanne Lee. 

If those names sound like deja vu, that’s because they are. The 2013 race is an exact copy of the 2011 race, which Linehan won over Lee by less than 100 votes. 

“I am confident that my first six years in office will stand up in comparison to anyone who has held office both as a State or City elected official from the neighborhoods of South Boston, South End, Chinatown, Bay Village, Downtown and look forward to continuing my efforts and improve on my ability to deliver for the people of District 2,” said Linehan in a statement. 

 “As I’ve continued to talk to residents throughout the district, I still hear concerns about jobs and liveable wages, about ensuring that every child has a quality education and about making Boston a place where families can find affordable housing options,” Lee said. “As City Councilor, I will build on my years of service to our communities and work hard to deliver the results that our families deserve.” read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm

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2 Dozen Candidates Elbow for Room in Mayor’s Race

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services will host an abutters meeting May 1 prior to a vote by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

 

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 final. 

The Boston Herald’s Peter Gelzinis called this a “shootout in a lifeboat” for some off the major candidates, who need a reliable base of support as they reach out for voters in other parts of town. If the 11 Dorchester candidates break up the neighborhood’s massive voting bloc, that means the top-two candidates need fewer votes to make the finals. That’s a boost for small-neighborhood candidates like JP’s Felix Arroyo and Mission Hill’s Mike Ross. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - May 5, 2013 at 9:16 am

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Obama: ‘Even When Our Heart Aches… We Finish the Race.’

President Barack Obama speaks at the interfaith service in the South End on Thursday for the victims of the Boston Marathon terror bombings.

 

Mentioning scripture, sports teams, marathon icons, and harkening back to his days of living in the Boston area, President Barack Obama spoke during an interfaith service in the South End on Thursday.

“Like you, Michelle and I have walked these streets. Like you, we know these neighborhoods. And like you, in this moment of grief, we join you in saying — ‘Boston, you’re my home.’ For millions of us, what happened on Monday is personal. It’s personal,” said Obama, from the Cathredal of the Holy Cross. President Obama was the last speaker in an emotionally-charged service that also included speeches, and a moving performance by the Boston Children’s Chorus. 

Click here for the full text of President Obama’s speech.

Of the three victims, the president spoke of the liveliness of Medford native Krystle Campbell; Chinese national Lu Lingzi’s coming to BU as a grad student; and 8-year-old Martin Richard of Dorchester. President Obama mentioned a picture being widely circulated of Richard, holding a handwritten sign that read: “No more hurting people. Peace.” Obama repeated the phrase with emphasis. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 19, 2013 at 1:00 am

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State of the Race: More Hats in Mayoral Ring

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services will host an abutters meeting May 1 prior to a vote by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

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 three more guys into an already all-male field.

What of the female candidates? Ayanna Pressley is now considering a run, as is YouthBild USA’s Charlotte Golar Richie. Maura Hennigan, who ran for mayor in 2005, decided this week to bow out of the race. Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral and State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz previously announced they would not run. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 14, 2013 at 9:28 am

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Gloves Are Off in U.S. Senate Race

The six candidates for U.S. Senate.

It was a very busy week in the race for U.S. Senate. Things started to get heated as the candidates continue to race toward the April 30 primaries. We saw candidates lashing out at party backing, another facing an ethics complaint, new poll numbers, and more.

Let’s start with the Democrats this week. 

Democratic candidates Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) and Edward Markey (D-Malden) will face off in a second debate Monday night in Lowell. If the news of the past week is any indication, it should make for an interesting back and forth between the candidates.

Lynch took aim at his party leaders last week for supporting Markey.

Lynch told the Boston Herald that the Democratic leaders haven’t been fair and told them that he thinks they’ve done their best to discourage people from sending him contributions.

“They’ve basically said Markey’s our guy, don’t give to Lynch,” he told the Herald. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

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Polls Give Markey Double Digit Lead in Senate Race

GOP U.S. Senate candidates.

Two polls last week show double digit leads for U.S. Rep. Edward Markey over his Democratic opponent U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch in the race for U.S. Senate.

Results of a UMass Lowell/Boston Herald poll last week showed Markey (D-Malden) leads Lynch (D-South Boston) by 29.5 percentage points among potential Democratic primary voters.

The poll also shows Markey is leading over all three Republican candidates. 

Fifty percent of those polled said they would vote for Markey, while 20.5 percent said Lynch, giving Markey a 29.5 percent lead. Twenty-three percent said they were unsure about how they plan to vote.

Markey and Lynch face off in the April 30 Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by John Kerry’s appointment to Secretary of State. 

On the Republican side, Markey also led, according to the poll, coming in 19 points over former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez, 17.2 percent over former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and 23.2 percent over State Rep. Dan Winslow. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

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Unions May Be Key to U.S. Senate Race

Congressmen Ed Markey (left) and Stephen Lynch (right).

It was another busy week in the race for U.S. Senate last week as we start counting down the weeks to the April 30 primary.

As of Wednesday, two Democrats and three Republicans filed the required number of signatures to run in the special election for U.S. Senate. On the Democrat side we have U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch. So far for Republicans, it’s former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset and State Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk). All five submitted more than the required number of signatures to the Secretary of State’s office to appear on the April 30 Primary ballot. City and town clerks have until Monday to deliver all signatures.

The five are all vying for the seat left vacant by John Kerry’s appointment to Secretary of State back in December 2012.

Democrats Agree on Debate Schedule

Markey (D-Malden) and Lynch (D-South Boston) agreed to participate in six debates between now and the April 30 primary. Three will be general format and three will focus on jobs, domestic issues and foreign policy. The debates will be spread out and are scheduled to be held in Lowell, New Bedford, Worcester and Springfield. The location of the sixth debate is yet to be determined. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

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Five Submit Required Signatures for U.S. Senate Race

Congressmen Ed Markey (left) and Stephen Lynch (right), the two Democratic candidates so far for the Senate seat vacated by new Secretary of State John Kerry, will face off in a primary on April 30.

Two Democrats and three Republicans submitted the required number of signatures to run in the special election for U.S. Senate, according to the Boston Globe.

U.S. Reps. Edward Markey (D-Malden) and Stephen Lynch (D-South Boston) each filed more than double the 10,000 certified signatures required. Markey led the way with nearly 34,000 signatures, while Lynch had just over 25,000.

On the Republican side, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan filed nearly 19,000 signatures, followed by former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset at almost 17,000 and state Rep. Daniel Winslow of Norfolk at more than 13,000.

Those totals only include those signatures submitted to the Secretary of State’s office by Wednesday’s 5 p.m. deadline. City and town clerks have until Monday to deliver all signatures.

Both primaries are scheduled for April 30. The special election is set for June 25.

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 28, 2013 at 7:53 pm

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