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Candidate guides for Tuesday's preliminary elections

On Tuesday, Boston voters will narrow the field for candidates for at-large candidates and for candidates in several districts.

Voters can choose up to four at-large candidates, and will narrow the current field of 15 to 8 for the November final election. In District 5 (Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park), District 7 (Roxbury), District 8 (Beacon Hill, Back Bay, Fenway, Mission Hill) and District 9 (Allston/Brighton), voters will narrow the field to two candidates for November. There are no preliminaries in the other districts.

Here are some surveys and articles on the candidates. If you know of more, please add them in a comment.

Candidate surveys

Articles

H/t Ryan for finding many of these.

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For At Large I'm voting for:

Darosa
Halbert
Meija
Wu

Don't @ me

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I wonder if the winner win make the boston police wear body cameras so they can be documented ?

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Adam, thanks very much for posting this.

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That's a nice resource. For the UniversalHub transportation enthusiasts among us who live in the City of Boston, there is a subset of the Visionzero website listed above that provides good information for the at-large council candidates.

I am not a single issue voter, but in my books, if a candidate hasn't given enough thought to transportation, they are likely to be deficient in too many other areas as well and they won't get my vote.

www.visionzerocoalition.org/2019_boston_at_large

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Magoo is one of the people running. Who knew? Magoo knew, now you. Magoo.

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other people's comments that are less annoying and no one complains about these?? WTF??!!

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I hereby complain about your comment.

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Magoo register name, being an anon is lame.

Say what you may about Magoo but they are registered and can be tracked.

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The registered account makes it even more obvious that Magoo is a stupid troll and most of their comments are lies.

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I mean, I get how people don’t like his stick, but if you don’t get that it’s an attempt at humor, I worry for you.

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It's about as annoying as that stupid Trophy Wife Linda account.

The thought of somebody maintaining a troll account on a local news site is kind of sad to me. But enough about O-FISH-L.

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I'm not going to count on it -- but maybe this time Five Car Flaherty will be banished from public life for good.

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Flaherty will be sworn in at the beginning of January. He, Wu, and Esaibi-George are locks. Keogh, St. Guillen, Murphy, and Garrison will make the cutoff on Tuesday. That last slot is a mystery to me, and I’m voting for two people I didn’t mention (in addition to one I did).

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She's not going to make it, doesn't have enough money, didn't answer the ACLU or Equity education platforms, a BTU member that the BTU didn't even endorse, not very progressive, and the list goes on. I make no predictions about who will make the cut (which is a copout, I know) but she will definitely not be there. Props to her if she proves me wrong.

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Proves that she will probably be on the ballot in November.

You are viewing things through the lens of what you want, not what will happen. I don't like a lot of the people I listed, but seeing their activity, I think they stand the best chance of advancing. Murphy has supporters, and her supporters vote, so she will prove you wrong.

Oh, and I forgot that William King is also running. He's my eighth. Not who I am voting for, but who I think survives.

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I will take all of yours, but Meija or Darosa or Halbert will be there instead of Murphy. Or Murphy will just beat out King for the 8th spot, only adding that option because like you said white people from Dorchester and Southie vote and I did see that she recently got $500 donations from 4 or 5 unions (though still not the BTU) so maybe they know something I don't. But if I had to put money on it I would say she doesn't make the cut.

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But remember to vote tomorrow (and no, I’m not voting for Murphy.)

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He has 400K, Mejia and Ross definitely beat out King and Murphy.

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But you missed Keough and King so I'd call it even. Thankfully Murphy has little chance of winning the general.

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But I guess signs don’t vote.

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A volunteer from his campaign called me. I asked her if we could talk about his five cars. She was like, his what? And I was like, my understanding from the media is that his household owns five cars. And she was like, I don't know what he has, and was desperately trying to stick to the script.

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Not this time.
She opposes rent control. Husband is a developer.

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He's a developer and also tends to keep many of his projects and rent them out, as opposed to selling them immediately when completed. Of course they oppose rent control.

She also overblows the whole "small business owner" thing because of this. I mean, she does have a perspective that others don't who've never owned any small business, but I wish she'd be more transparent with regards to how she started her store in a storefront that's part of a large commercial building her husband owns. It's quite different than the risks of starting a store somewhere where she would have to pay market rent on time each month.

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She's right. Rent control is bad. We have loads of evidence that proves this. I will not be voting for anyone that actually supports this outdated and completely counterproductive policy, and if she is the lone voice of reason then she has my vote.
Pick your source:

https://www.city-journal.org/html/does-rent-control-help-poor-12772.html
https://marketurbanism.com/2016/04/02/rent-control-bad-landlords-tenants/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/06/15/comeback-rent-control...
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-01-18/yup-rent-control-d...
http://freakonomics.com/podcast/rent-control/
https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/rent-controls-winners-losers

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Why is it called a preliminary instead of a primary?

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Preliminaries reduce the total number of candidates for the final election in a non-partisan system (like our city-council and mayoral elections), to twice the number of open seats. So in an election with eight candidates for a single council seat, Tuesday's preliminary will reduce the number of candidates on the November ballot to two. But in the at-large race, there are four seats, soTuesday's preliminary will shrink the number of candidates from whatever it is now (15?) to eight.

Primaries are used in partisan elections to select a single candidate for a given party for the final election. Next year, Democrats will vote for a candidate for president and senate, for example.

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Why is Marty Keogh popular? I see signs everywhere. He didn't bother to answer any of the surveys listed above. Some of the stances listed on his website are pretty regressive. What's the appeal?

And thanks for this list of resources - very useful!

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He represents a portion of the city, and those people are strong in their support of him. They appreciate his work in West Roxbury, and perhaps he was a good campaigner who convinced people to vote for him.

I think I voted for him in 2013, but I probably won't vote for him today. He knows how to run for office. That's what one needs to be popular in a political race.

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