Boston, MA Elections

Look who landed in Roxbury council final

THERE HAS BEEN much consternation and reflection since last week’s Boston mayoral preliminary about the failure of any of the three Black candidates to land a spot on the November final election ballot. “One big reason is that voter turnout was anemic,” writes Joyce Ferriabough Bolling, a veteran Black political...
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Lowell Sun

Preliminary now past, Lowell looks to general election

LOWELL — With the first preliminary balloting of the new municipal election system in the books, the city will now shift its focus to the Nov. 2 general election. Interim Director of Elections Elliott Veloso said the administration of the preliminary election and its five polling locations went well, providing a level of confidence for the larger election to come in six weeks.
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Progressives Support Michelle Wu's Mayoral Campaign, But Is That Enough?

Mayoral candidate Michelle Wu often talks about the transformative change she would bring to Boston if elected mayor, including free public transit, rent control and climate change action. "We are aiming for that bold vision of what is possible," Wu said. In a progressive city like Boston, it's not surprising...
Boston Globe

The crowded at-large councilor race in Boston proved too much for some candidates — and has implications for November

Standing out in a 17-candidate pool was just one of the challenges facing at-large candidates last week. A fledgling political campaign is a challenge for any candidate. Tack on issues that arise from an ongoing pandemic, a historic five-way mayoral race drawing most of the spotlight, and a 17-candidate slate, and it starts to sound like a perfect storm of campaign challenges.

Here's A Rundown Of Who Won Tuesday's Preliminary Elections In 11 Cities

Eleven communities across Massachusetts held preliminary elections Tuesday, creating historic firsts in North Adams — where two women will face off to become the first female mayor — and also in Lowell, where voters tried out the city's new hybrid at-large and district city council system. In North Adams, Tuesday's...

39 of nearly 108,000 ballots rejected in Boston mayoral preliminary election, city says

BOSTON — Boston’s preliminary election this year was different. “It took a long time for results to come in; longer than any of us wanted,” said Alex Psilakis of MassVOTE. “We wish they came in sooner, but what’s more important is that they are accurate, and we are hoping for the general [that] things will come in sooner and things will be accurate and even more efficient.”
Boston Herald

Battenfeld: Boston voters deserve real debates, not fake hugs

Boston voters deserve and should demand debates between mayoral candidates Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi-George in every neighborhood in the city, but so far they are getting only three — thanks to Wu’s play it safe strategy. Campaign officials say Wu so far has agreed to only three televised debates...
The Eagle-Tribune

Vasquez and DePena face off for Lawrence mayor

LAWRENCE — The choice for the next city mayor will be between the incumbent, interim Mayor Kendrys Vasquez, and Brian DePena, a city councilor and Broadway businessman. Vasquez and DePena won victory in Tuesday’s preliminary election edging out challengers Vilma Martinez-Dominguez, William Lantigua and Doris Rodriguez. The two contenders will...

Now It’s onto November! DeMaria Tops Ballot With 2,883 Votes; Capone Nominated With 1,953 Votes

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria and Ward 1 Councilor Fred Capone advanced to the Nov. 2 final election after finishing 1-2 in the preliminary election Tuesday. DeMaria topped the ticket in the three-way race with 2,883 votes, securing 45.2 percent of the total votes cast. Capone received 1,953 votes (30.6 percent) to take second place. Councilor-at-Large Gerly Adrien received 1,499 votes (23.5 percent) and was eliminated from further contention in the race.

Tight battles ahead for mayor in Lawrence, Holyoke

THE RACES FOR MAYOR in Lawrence and Holyoke promise to be close, as voters in the two communities on Tuesday narrowed crowded fields to two finalists who will need to attract votes from losing candidates to win in November. In Lawrence, Kendrys Vasquez, the former City Council president and acting...

Boston Mayoral Candidate Essaibi George Asks Super PACs To Stay Out Of The Race

City Councillor At-Large Annissa Essaibi George is asking super PACs — outside entities funded by unions and deep-pocketed donors who spent millions of dollars in the mayoral preliminary — to stay out of the final election between her and City Councillor At-Large Michelle Wu. She described herself as angry at their involvement and said they should not play a role in any election.

Essaibi George, Wu Court Black Voters In Race For Boston Mayor

Some members of Boston's Black community were crestfallen when all three Black candidates for mayor were eliminated in last week's preliminary election. "Disappointment is rife across the African American community in Boston," said Kevin Peterson, founder of the New Democracy Coalition. Now the two remaining candidates, Councilors Michelle Wu and...