They tried and they tried and they tried, but in the end, JP Progressives couldn't settle on anybody to officially support for mayor in September.
Based on our voting results, JP Progressives will not be formally endorsing in the mayoral race. We all know this is a tight race and our members were split - primarily and narrowly between Michelle Wu and Kim Janey, with a small but significant number supporting Andrea Campbell. Even using ranked choice voting, neither of our leading candidates garnered enough votes to pass the 60% threshold for endorsement mandated in our bylaws.
It was a draining process, the group continues:
We just want to take a deep breath and recognize that this has been a difficult and sometimes emotional process — members of the steering committee did not always agree with one another, and we had many concerns going into the process. Would coming down on the side of one candidate or another in our recommendation upset part of our valued community? Not to mention candidates we had worked hard to elect in many previous elections, and whom we deeply respect? We also considered dual endorsement, which seemed like the path of least resistance.
The Dorchester Reporter and NBC Boston will host a televised debate among the mayoral candidates on Sept. 8.
Speaking of JP, Kendra Hicks reports an angst-free endorsement by JP Progressives in her race in District 6 (JP, West Roxbury and Mission Hill), as well as endorsements by Tito Jackson and Charlotte Golar-Richie, JP restaurant owner David Doyle, philanthropist and women's activist Barbara Lee, Planned Parenthood's Advocacy Fund and three elected officials from outside Boston city limits.
Besides Hicks, Planned Parenthood's Advocacy Fund has endorsed eight other candidates for City Council seats: Julia Mejia, David Halbert and Ruthzee Louijeune for at-large seats, Lydia Edwards in District 1 (East Boston, Charlestown, North End), Stephen McBride in District 3 (where he is running against incumbent Frank Baker), Ricardo Arroyo in District 5 (Roslindale, Hyde Park, Mattapan), Kenzie Bok in District 8 (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill, Bay Village) and Liz Breadon in District 9 (Allston/Brighton).
The Scope interviews three more Council candidate: Sara Iwany, running in District 9 (Allston/Brighton) against incumbent Liz Breadon, Angelina Camacho in District 7 (Roxbury), the seat Kim Janey is giving up, and Bridget Nee-Walsh, running for one of the four at-large seats.