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Election roundup: Two more jump into at-large council race; another candidate could emerge in District 6 race

Kelly Bates Announcement Video

Kelly Bates of Hyde Park formally announced her bid yesterday for one of the four at-large seats on the city council.

Ruthzee Louijeune announced her bid for a seat this morning. Former senior counsel to Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign, she enters the race with an endorsement from former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur. The Dorchester Reporter has more info.

Kelly Ransom of Jamaica Plain has filed organization papers with the state for the District 6 (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Mission Hill and a bit of Roslindale) seat Matt O'Malley is giving up this year. Ransom, currently director of communications and public affairs at the Madison Park Development Corp., was born in JP, grew up in West Roxbury and lived for awhile in Roslindale. If she decides to run, she'd be facing off against (so far) Kendra Hicks of JP and Mary Tamer of West Roxbury.

The Reporter reports that Deeqo Jibril, who ran for the District 7 council seat (Roxbury) in 2017, is now running for the District 4 council seat (Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale) that Andrea Campbell is leaving to run for mayor.

Current at-large Councilor Annissa Essaibi George was recently endorsed by the Massachusetts Nurses Association.




Why is the neighborhood of birth etc is of any importance here?

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Some people might consider that important. The only issue? No.

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So a noncitizen who ends up living here is at disadvantage, because?

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Whatever neighborhood you entered boston or lived in the linear is where you're from. If youre foreign born and end up in mission hill-youre from mission hill.

If you're from a different town, or good forbid a state, that's “worse” than being foreign born.

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That explains it. You haven't lived here long enough. We're quite parochial.

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At least we can all agree Boston is in crisis these days, more than ever.

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No, Boston has seen far worse.

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What is the crisis in Boston?

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But once you've moved to the area, it would probably be a good idea to crack open a history book or two and maybe do a bit of learning about what's happened here in the past.

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For example, between 1970 and 1980, the population of Boston dropped by 12.2%. Now, that may seem like nothing compared to the 13% drop between 1950 and 1960, but let's just say that the history of Boston in the 1970s, the bicentennial notwithstanding, was less than glowing.

But if you want something a little bit more recent, there were 143 murders in Boston in 1990.

In short, Boston has seen worse crises in the past, and we will get through this blip like we did in the past.

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Well said Waquiot!

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A uniter instead of a divider pretty rare in the Boston Balkans.

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