Jeff Ross for At Large Councillor
I believe Bay Windows missed an opportunity last month when you did not include Jeff Ross among the four candidates you endorsed in the Boston City Council At Large race. Boston has been blessed with allies and friends in elected office from the Mayor’s office and down for years, in a state where we have had self-representation on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill. But we need to remember that past performance of elected official is no guarantee for future results.
Jeff Ross will bring a GLBT voice to the City Council that has not been there for over twenty years. I cannot underestimate the importance of representation at each level of government. It will never be equal to having someone who can advocate for GLBT issues based on personal experience.
As in life, timing is everything. With several incumbents leaving the City Council this year, it is time for the GLBT community to stand together and elect an openly gay man. His personal story as a bilingual immigrants lawyer, a small-business owner, a community activist, parent, and openly gay man brings the kind of diversity, energy, and new ideas we need on the Boston City Council.
Jeff Ross can best serve the GLBT community as a member of the Boston City Council-At-Large.Looking to the future and seeing the work that still needs to be done on GLBT issues locally, I encourage the editorial board to endorse Jeff Ross for the City Council At large. I encourage everyone across Boston to elect Jeffrey Michael Ross to Boston City Council-At-Large on November 5.
Dean is the spouse of former Congressman Gerry E. Studds and was one of the first to challenge the legality of DOMA.
Annissa Essaibi-George for At Large Councillor
Annissa Essaibi-George puts her heart and soul into every endeavor she takes on and has an immense capacity for managing multiple projects with aplomb. I’m a big supporter of women in politics and she is one of the strongest women I know.
Second, and most importantly, she is like family to me. I met her when I first became involved in civic affairs 15 years ago after buying my house in Savin Hill. I was having it deleaded and was going to have to stay with friend on the South Shore. She insisted that I stay with her boyfriend so that I would not have to complicate my commute. I was nervous because to me he was a stereotype of a straight Dot construction guy on the Big Dig. He and I quickly dispelled our stereotypes and became good friends, a friendship that endures to this day, with he as her husband.
Together, we’ve been through their marriage, four births (albeit 3 at once!), the deaths of both of their fathers, my colon cancer episode, and many holidays and celebrations. Both of their extended families have always made me feel welcome. I know that my life would be much different if I did not have them all. There would be a void without the joy of watching the boys grow in such a loving environment, and the knowledge that they see me as an “uncle” (her words).
Capable, Committed, Compassionate, Smart, and Loving are the words to describe her.
Annissa Essaibi-George for At Large Councillor
I am writing to express my support for Annissa Essaibi-George for City Council at Large. As we know three of the most important issues facing our city are education, economic development and public safety. What better a representative than a 13 year veteran teacher of the Boston Public Schools , a successful small business owner of the Stitch House and a mother of four boys including triplets. Annissa understands the issues that we as parents have in our city and has worked hand in hand with many organizations to get results for our community. She knows the effort and commitment needed to see things through the processes of City Hall. I’ve had the pleasure of working besides Annissa on many issues and know she is the perfect candidate to be seated in our City Council.
—Kenny Jervis, Boston
Marty Keogh for At Large Councillor
My name is Christopher Hagberg, aka Momma Kitty. I am a former Secretary and current member of the Beantown Softball League the largest gay sports league in Boston. I also serve on the board of DotOUT. As an openly gay male living in this city, I am supporting Marty Keogh for City Councilor at Large, and I ask you to do the same.
Marty Keogh, a lifelong Boston Resident, has seen and been a part of struggles that affect many of Boston’s resident’s today. Given the choice to be a potential negative statistic in Boston, he chose to turn his life around and he worked incredibly hard to pull himself up to become the man he is today. He is a success story based on his own hard work. His dedication to give back to the city he loves is incredibly palpable when you meet him.
He has worked endlessly during this campaign to get out and meet the people of Boston and to ask for their support as he spreads his message about equality for all, his plan for creating a stronger school system, and to reduce crime in our city. During this campaign he lost his father to a long illness, and his wife gave birth to a new baby girl, gaining a new member just as he lost an important member of his family. He remained positive in his mission, and was able to balance work, the campaign and the demands of his family, including his 2 year old son.
I know we need people like Marty Keogh speaking for all of us on the City Council. He is a hard working life-long resident of Boston who, like the saying goes, looks at people not as strangers, but friends he has yet to meet. It is important to have someone who has the life experiences that Marty has, serving the citizens of Boston. This will only strengthen the fabric of our city as he works hard for all of us.
—Christopher Hagberg, Dorchester
Documentary & Marty Walsh
I just thought it important to let your readers know that while I was trying to figure out what to do on this issue, Marty Walsh called me and visited me repeatedly urging me to do the right thing; that was a powerful influence on how this bill received 95 votes in the House for its passage. He is far more than an advocate for labor; he has been a champion for the dispossessed, poor and most vulnerable members of our society for more than 16 years as a State Representative.
—State Rep. Eugene L. O'Flaherty