A City Council committee will hold a hearing on a proposal to seek to eliminate a special election for mayor should Mayor Walsh leave for Washington before March 5, following a discussion today in which one councilor managed to insult three others. Read more.
The Boston Sun reports that Jon Santiago of the South End, just coming off his first term in the House of Representatives, is looking at maybe running for the mayor's chair that Marty Walsh could soon vacate. Read more.
City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan), hopes to start the ball rolling on getting the state Legislature to let Boston not have to hold three and possibly four mayor elections this year should Marty Walsh become labor secretary before March 5 - Covid-19 just makes that too damn risky to voters, not to mention expensive. Read more.
WGBH reports that polling it had done in the days before Michelle Wu formally announced she was running for mayor next year showed Mayor Walsh with a big lead - but that Wu was leading in West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill, which would roughly mirror the results of the 2013 race, in which Walsh beat John Connolly to replace Tom Menino.
MassInc used the Tuesday numbers to create a map of the results by precinct. The map shows the percentage by which each candidate won which precincts; hover over specific precincts to get the actual vote numbers (and turnout).
Winners: Edwards (District 1), Janey (7) and Flynn (2).
Mayor Marty Walsh tonight easily won a second term, defeating City Councilor Tito Jackson.
In the council races, Lydia Edwards won in District 1 (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) and Kim Janey won in District 7 (Roxbury). With incumbents Andrea Campbell in District 4 (Dorchester) and Michelle Wu and Ayanna Pressley (at large) all easily winning re-election, the council will be the most diverse ever come Jan. 1.
Word in from the Walsh campaign: Hizzona has not endorsed Stephen Passacantilli in the District 1 (East Boston, Charlestown, North End) council race, no matter how many cards saying he has are floating around East Boston. The Walsh campaign forwarded this interchange at WGBH from last night: Read more.
WGBH is out with a poll that claims most Boston voters feel pretty darn good about their Hub and that that should be good news for Marty Walsh's election. But if you read down more than a couple of paragraphs, you see that it's mainly whites who feel that way: Read more.
The Herald reports the South Boston councilor is quitting right this second, because for some reason that will make it easier for him to set up a consulting business than if he waited until his term ends in January. Read more.