Ward 21 Endorses Mike Ross!

The Boston Ward 21 Democratic Committee is proud to announce our endorsement of Mike Ross for mayor!

Several Committee members showed our support for Mike Ross outside a mayoral forum in Brighton

From the Ross campaign:

Boston Ward 21 Democratic Committee Endorses Ross
First Ward Committee to Endorse in Mayoral Race

Boston, MA -- The Ward 21 Democratic Committee officially endorsed Councilor Mike Ross for Mayor on Thursday. The committee, made up of Democratic activists from parts of the Allston, Brighton, and Fenway neighborhoods, cited Ross’ innovative ideas as key to the endorsement.

“Councilor Ross stood out in a field of several qualified candidates as the one most able to use innovative ideas to create jobs, improve our schools, and modernize government,” said Lauren Mattison, the Committee Chair. “We’re excited to spend the rest of this campaign making phone calls, knocking on doors, and telling people why Mike Ross is the best candidate for Mayor.”

Nine of the 12 candidates for Mayor filled out the Committee’s questionnaire, which addressed topics such as education, housing, institutional expansion, open space, and transportation. Those candidates, including Charlotte Golar Richie, John Connolly, and Bill Walczak spoke to the community before the Committee vote on Thursday. In the end, Councilor Ross received more than enough votes to qualify for an endorsement.

“I’m honored to have the support of the Ward 21 Committee, and I look forward to working with them in the months ahead. Grassroots support will be key to this campaign, and I’m happy that my desire to bring new ideas to city hall is resonating,” said Ross.

This is the first Democratic ward committee endorsement of the Mayor’s race. Ross also received the first labor endorsement of the race in May, when he was endorsed by the EMS Division of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association.

Mike Ross has represented District 8 on the Boston City Council since his election in 1999. One of the most diverse in Boston, the district includes Back Bay, Beacon Hill, West End, Fenway, Kenmore Square, Audubon Circle, and Mission Hill. Mike’s commitment to innovative leadership has strengthened the communities he serves—and the entire city—over the past decade. He’s running for Mayor to use new ideas to create jobs, improve schools, and modernize government.

Endorsements for City Council At-Large

After reviewing candidate responses to our questionnaires, and meeting eleven candidates at our candidates night and summer social events, the Boston Ward 21 Democratic Committee voted to endorse Michelle Wu, Annissa Essaibi George, Michael Flaherty and incumbent Councilor Ayanna Pressley for city council at-large.

On Tuesday, September 24, Boston voters can vote for up to four candidates for city council at-large. 

Candidate Responses to Our Issue Questionnaires

This spring our committee developed questionnaires for candidates running for mayor and city council.   Many of the campaigns have returned their responses, and we have posted them on our website!  Check out their views on several important issues here.

If you would like to follow up on anything in the questionnaires or hear more on any issue, send in your questions for the candidates.  We will ask some of the questions at our Candidates Nights next week.

Summer Social

Thanks to all who came to our second annual Summer Social on August 11, 2013.  Committee members and others from the community enjoyed talking with these elected officials and candidates:
  • Mike Ross, candidate for mayor, endorsed by Ward 21 Democratic Committee
  • Candidates for City Council At-Large:
    Michelle Wu, endorsed by the Ward 21 Democratic Committee
    Michael Flaherty, endorsed by the Ward 21 Democratic Committee
    City Councilor Ayanna Pressley
    Annissa Essaibi George
    Ramon Soto
    Martin Keogh
    Catherine O'Neill
    Gareth Saunders
  • Candidates for City Council District 8:
    Michael Nichols
    Josh Zakim
    Tom Dooley
  • Joe Avellone, candidate for governor
  • State Representative Kevin Honan

Invitation to Summer Social on August 11

The Boston Ward 21 Democratic Committee,
representing parts of Allston, Brighton and the Fenway,
invites you to our

Summer Social

Come to meet neighbors, elected officials,
candidates for Massachusetts governor (in 2014)
and Boston city council,

Mike Ross
candidate for mayor of Boston,
endorsed by the Ward 21 Democratic Committee

Sunday, August 11
Cityside Restaurant, 1960 Beacon St, Cleveland Circle, Brighton

Event is free and open to all.  Contributions are welcome to support
our work, which includes voter registration and events like this that bring
the community together with elected officials and candidates.
Sponsors at the $50 level will be acknowledged at the event and on our website.
Contributions can be made online here or at the event in cash (up to $50) or check.

RSVP at facebook.com/bostonward21 or rsvp@bostonward21.org