Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Information on District 9 City Council Candidates

The preliminary municipal election is scheduled for Tuesday, September 22nd. Polls open at 7 am and close at 8 pm. The Allston-Brighton District 9 City Councilor race is being contested with four candidates; the two top vote-getters will face off during the November municipal election.

Also on the ballot:
  • Mayor of Boston, where incumbent Thomas Menino faces three challengers, City Councilors-At-Large Michael Flaherty and Sam Yoon, and developer Kevin McCrea; and
  • Four City Councilors-At-Large, where incumbents John Connolly and Stephen Murphy face 13 challengers, with the top eight vote-getters moving on to the November municipal election.

District 9 City Councilor Candidate Information

All four candidates for Allston-Brighton District 9 City Councilor have websites that include positions on some issues:
Boston Neighborhood News ran interview shows -- one with Abigail Furey and Alex Selvig, the other with Mark Ciommo and Benjamin Narodick -- some of which can be found on YouTube. The following candidates have YouTube channels set up:
The first candidates forum (9/15/09 at WGBH) is summarized here.

Second candidates forum (9/17/09 at Elks) is summarized here and tweeted here. Emails discussed here and here. Online video is here (alternatively, the same video content is here).

The Allston-Brighton TAB has covered the candidates in the following stories:
The Boston Globe has not covered the race to date. The following are searches on the names of the candidates to the Globe's archives (Narodick has no hits):
The Boston Herald continues its tradition of not covering the District 9 City Council race as well as virtually ignoring all Allston-Brighton neighborhood issues -- unless they can put a picture of a Harvard rat on the front page.

Campaign finance reports are summarized here, and individual reports posted at Harry Mattison's blog:
Some of the candidates have published Op-Ed columns and letters-to-the-editor in local newspapers during 2009:
And here at the Brighton Centered Blog you can find a story about any of the candidates using the tag's at the end of the articles or these links:
All the blog posts can also be found by using the "election2009" tag here at Brighton Centered.

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Sue said...

I have a quick question. I have moved within Brighton and am trying to find the correct phone # to call before tomorrow (yikes!) so I can find my new polling-place without having to re-register. No success so far. Does anyone have this number?

Michael Pahre said...

Where Do I Vote (Mass)?

If you want a phone number, click on "Contact" at the top of the webpage. (That will connect you to Secretary of the Commonwealth's office.)

Alternatively, City of Boston Elections Department, and you can click on the left-hand-side contact information.