Voting for the preliminary election started yesterday. The city has all the details on where and how to vote early, if you don't want to do the more traditional Sept. 14 thing. You'll be whittling down the field of candidates for mayor and district city councilors to two each, and the field of candidates for the four at-large council seats to eight.
Kim Janey was on WCVB's "On the Record" this morning, and she had some words about Annissa Essaibi George and her landlord husband on the subject of Janey's Covid-19-related eviction moratorium (Janey may have elided a bit, though, since she accused Essaibi George of "having a track record of evicting tenants," when it's her husband who's the landlord, not her).
Speaking of Janey, state figures show she's leading the pack in fundraising, although not by much:
For what it's worth, sixth candidate Robert Capucci has raised $51,710 this year (there's a seventh candidate, but he doesn't seem to have raised anything).
The shutdown of a Mass-and-Cass comfort station has the candidates talking.
The Dorchester Reporter reports that Hyde Park gas station/auto repair shop owner Elias Akiki really likes Essaibi George: He has 16 companies and each has given the maximum $1,000 to a super PAC that is backing her. He's also donated directly to Essaibi George's campaign (and before that, to Jon Santiago's).
State Rep. Kevin Honan (Allston) endorsed Essaibi George:
From fighting to expand mental health resources in Boston Public Schools to uplifting our small businesses to tackling the citywide opioid epidemic and homelessness crisis, Annissa has governed with Boston’s families and residents in mind since her first days on the City Council. I know she’ll bring that same advocacy to the Mayor’s Office.
Progressive WRox/Roz is endorsing Wu for mayor, Hicks for District 6 (West Roxbury, JP) city councilor and Mejia, Halbert and Louijeune for at-large council seats. Also Arroyo for District 5 (Roslindale, Hyde Park, Mattapan), although since he only has one challenger, he'll be on the ballot in November anyway.