Thursday, October 11, 2007

Audio from City Councilor-At-Large Candidates Forum

Eight of the nine candidates for the Boston City Councilor-At-Large showed up to a candidates forum on Wednesday night, October 10, 2007 at the Brighton Elks Lodge.

Two-thirds of the questions were prepared in advance by the moderator and a committee of the event sponsors -- the Brighton Allston Improvement Association and the Allston Civic Association -- while one-third were submitted by members of the audience at the beginning of the evening.  Candidates were given one minute to respond to each question, two minutes for introductory remarks at the beginning, and another two minutes for closing remarks.  The event went over its allotted time, just like BAIA meetings often do.

Audio of the event, in MP3 format, can be heard by clicking through the links below.  Each file contains one response from each candidate.
  1. Introductory Remarks
  2. Housing / Open Space / Public Safety
  3. Casino Gambling
  4. Institutional Expansion
  5. Public Schools
  6. Zoning / Licensing
  7. Audience Questions, Round 1
  8. Audience Questions, Round 2
  9. Closing Remarks
The order of the candidates for the introductory remarks was:  Matt Geary, David Wyatt, Councilor Stephen Murphy, Marty Hogan, Councilor Michael Flaherty, Councilor Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, and Councilor Sam Yoon.  The first candidate to respond to subsequent questioning rounds was rotated.

Many thanks to Harry Mattison, of the Allston Brighton Community Blog, for hosting these audio files on his HarvardInAllston website.  Thanks are also due to:  the event sponsors, BAIA and ACA, and their presidents, Dick Marques and Paul Berkeley; the organizing committee, including Abigail Furey, Donal Carroll, Jason Karakehian, and Mark D. Trachtenberg; Bill Mills and Boston College's Office of Governmental and Community Affairs for providing the sound system; the audience, for providing many interesting questions; and the candidates for showing up and giving many insightful answers.

A transcript of the forum, or at least a partial one, should be available here in a few days.

1 comment:

Marty Hogan said...


I just to say thank you to the ACA and BAIA who put on last night's forum. It was a great debate. Michael, my compliments go to you and all who attended, your questions were not only heartfelt and well researched but challenging. It just goes to show how involved this Allston-Brighton community is and how passionate you all are about city government. I'm marveled at this truly and hope you will consdier me in November. Thank you again.

Marty Hogan
Candidate for City Council At-Large