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By adamg - 11/13/19 - 11:26 pm

The latest unofficial city election results now show just five votes separate Julia Mejia and Alejandra St. Guillen for the fourth at-large seat on the city council. Both campaigns have been collecting signatures for a recount of what, on election night, seemed to be a ten-vote election win for Mejia.

H/t James W. Hills.

By adamg - 11/7/19 - 1:48 pm

The Dorchester Reporter lists the steps the campaign of Alejandra St. Guillen will have to take to seek a recount of Tuesday's results, which show her losing the fourth at-large seat to Julia Mejia by just 10 votes.

By adamg - 11/6/19 - 3:49 pm
Map showing at-large winners in Boston precincts

Purple shows precincts Wu won.

Matt McCloskey has compiled a map showing which at-large candidates won which precincts in yesterday's council election. As she did in the September preliminary, incumbent and top finisher Michelle Wu came in first in the most precincts across the city, by far.

By adamg - 11/5/19 - 9:00 pm
Arroyo celebrates win

Arroyo celebrates win at Guira & Tambora in Roslindale. Photo by Robert Orthman.

Ricardo Arroyo, son of one former city councilor and brother of another, is looking like he'll be replacing Tim McCarthy in Hyde Park, Roslindale and Mattapan, while Liz Breadon is defeating Craig Cashman in Allston/Brighton in the race to replace Mark Ciommo. Read more.

By adamg - 10/31/19 - 1:26 pm

WGBH has compiled a guide to city-council candidates in this Tuesday's election, featuring all the at-large candidates and the candidates in contested district races and their key issues.

By adamg - 10/29/19 - 8:54 am

The Boston Sun reports on a recent forum with Kenzie Bok and Jennifer Nassour, who are running for the District 8 (Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway, Mission Hill) seat that Josh Zakim is retiring from.

By adamg - 10/28/19 - 9:27 pm
Cashman and Breadon at forum

Cashman and Breadon at forum.

At a debate at WGBH tonight, Craig Cashman and Liz Breadon made one of their last pitches to voters on why they should replace Mark Ciommo, retiring as the District 9 (Allston/Brighton) city councilor after 12 years. Whoever wins will serve two years.

Among the issues they discussed: Read more.

By adamg - 10/23/19 - 9:53 am

Update: McCarthy apologizes for "muddled: comments not meant to attack anybody.

On the night of the preliminary election in September, outgoing District 5 City Councilor Tim McCarthy tried to rev up supporters of his aide and would-be successor Maria Esdale Farrell, who won a slot in the November final by coming in second against Ricardo Arroyo to represent Hyde Park, Roslindale and Mattapan. Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/19 - 11:14 am

Liz Breadon and Craig Cashman, running for the District 9 council seat being vacated by Mark Ciommo, are scheduled to meet in a candidates forum at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at WGBH, 15 Guest St.

The forum is sponsored by the Brighton Allston Improvement Association, the Allston and Brighton boards of trade and the Ward 21 and Ward 22 Democratic committees.

By adamg - 10/17/19 - 8:58 pm

The Boston Guardian reports City Councilor Kim Janey has convinced BTD that people who live along Washington Street between Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard need to have their South End parking permits replaced with Roxbury parking permits. Read more.

By adamg - 10/17/19 - 9:54 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports on a forum in Roxbury for people running for the four at-large City Council seats open in next month's election.

By adamg - 10/7/19 - 9:38 am
West End before the BRA

West End before the BRA. From the BPL.

City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large), says this morning you can change its name all you want, but the agency that demolished the West End and continues to use political relationships and special exceptions to a creaky zoning code to benefit the well off is not what Boston needs in an era of accelerated growth. Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/19 - 10:58 am

The Cedar Grove Civic Association holds a forum for the eight candidates vying for four at-large seats on the Boston City Council 7 p.m. tonight at Florian Hall, 55 Hallett St. in Dorchester.

Other forums for at-large candidates this month: Read more.

By adamg - 10/1/19 - 10:13 am

City Councilor Lydia Edwards (Charlestown, East Boston, North End) is proposing a shake-up of the Zoning Board of Appeal that would include ditching its current requirements that it have representatives of the real-estate and building businesses and trades and replace that with requirements that the board include voting members with expertise in "urban planning and the design of neighborhoods," civil rights and fair housing, affordable housing, one renter, one home owner - and one member with expertise in zoning. Read more.

By adamg - 9/30/19 - 11:58 pm
Essaibi-George, Flaherty, Halbert, Murphy, St. Guillen, Wu

At West Roxbury forum: Essaibi-George, Flaherty, Halbert, Murphy, St. Guillen, Wu

A forum for at-large City Council candidates in West Roxbury this evening focused on two issues of concern mainly to the neighborhood: A city proposal to reduce the number of lanes on Centre Street from four to three between the Holy Name rotary and Spring Street to promote pedestrian safety and a proposal by Roxbury Prep to build a high school on the site of the former Clay Chevrolet on Belgrade Avenue at West Roxbury Parkway. Read more.

By adamg - 9/26/19 - 5:00 pm
At-large results from the 2019 Boston preliminary election

Matthew McCloskey has put together a map of results from Tuesday's preliminary for the four at-large seats on the Boston City Council. You can get a good idea of the numbers at a glance citywide, then click on specific precincts to see the top four finishers. Read more.

By adamg - 9/25/19 - 10:58 am

The Bellevue Hill Improvement Association hosts a forum for the newly slimmed down field of candidates for at-large city-council seats at 7 p.m. on Monday at St. George Orthodox Church Hall, 55 Emmonsdale Rd. in West Roxbury.

In yesterday's preliminary election, voters selected eight candidates to face off for four at-large seats in the Nov. 5 final election: Michelle Wu , Michael Flaherty, Annissa Essaibi-George, Alejandra St. Guillen, Julia Mejia, Althea Garrison, Erin Murphy and David Halbert.

By adamg - 9/24/19 - 9:08 pm

In the at-large race, incumbent Michelle Wu is topping the field, by a lot, followed by fellow incumbents Michael Flaherty and Annissa Essaibi-George. Read more.

By adamg - 9/22/19 - 11:32 am

On Tuesday, Boston voters will narrow the field for candidates for at-large candidates and for candidates in several districts.

Voters can choose up to four at-large candidates, and will narrow the current field of 15 to 8 for the November final election. In District 5 (Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park), District 7 (Roxbury), District 8 (Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway, Mission Hill) and District 9 (Allston/Brighton), voters will narrow the field to two candidates for November. There are no preliminaries in the other districts.

Here are some surveys and articles on the candidates. If you know of more, please add them in a comment. Read more.

By adamg - 9/19/19 - 2:31 pm
Councilor Flaherty and former Councilor Chuck Turner

Councilor Flaherty discusses the ballot question as former Councilor Chuck Turner listens.

The City Council yesterday approved a non-binding question on this November's ballot that asks voters whether they would approve formally changing Dudley Square's name to Nubian Square. Read more.

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