Bay Windows endorses John Connolly. You can read the full endorsement in the October 24 edition at www.baywindows.com/Endorsement-John-Connolly-for-Mayor
Long-time councillor Stephen Murphy is poised to fill an important role in the “new” city hall. Murphy brings years of experience to and a knowledge of how to get things done. Although Murphy continues to march in the discriminatory St. Patrick’s Day Parade, we hope he that if re-elected he will use his role to promote inclusiveness. Murphy is approachable and open to new ideas.
Michael Flaherty is re-entering public service after leaving the council to run against Mayor Tom Menino in the last election. As a city councillor, Flaherty has long had the support of the LGBT community. Like Murphy, Flaherty marches in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, citing his roots in South Boston. Hopefully Flaherty will follow the lead of another South Boston resident, Maureen Dahill, and urge organizers to be be inclusive.
Ayanna Pressley is the rare public servant who can mix a variety of big issues—human trafficking, the health and status of girls, and the lack of availability of liquor licenses in the minority communities—into a compelling narrative that links to the day-to-day issues of Bostonians. Pressley works passionately on issues folks would rather not examine.
Michelle Wu has a striking personal narrative, one of achievement over adversity, and that certainly informs her world view. While working on Senator Elizabeth Warren’s campaign throughout Boston, Wu saw opportunity in some of Boston’s poorest neighborhoods. Her simple ideas that emphasis access to services and elimination of obstacles, all powered by data and technology, make her the choice the future Boston.
Suzanne Lee, who lost her last challenge to Linehan by a razor thin margin (97 votes), is a recognized educator and activist. The loss last time around only fueled Lee’s desire to win the seat, and represent all the people of the diverse district. Her practical approach and dogged dedication would serve District 2 well.
Incumbent Matt O’Malley has consistently understood and used the power of the city council to advocate for LGBT rights.
Incumbent Tito Jackson joined the council fully enlightened on LGBT equality. His energy and enthusiasm has not diminished.