You can imagine how exciting it is in a major city like Boston when the position of mayor is up for grabs. This had not happened in decades, and the shift in power could serve to really gather political momentum in a different direction. It was time for something new and fresh because Thomas Menino was not going to run for his 6th term in office. So, the Boston mayors race ensued.
Can you guess how many candidates there were to start out the race? There were over two dozen hopeful candidates, and 15 of them were able to garner the 3,000 signatures required to hit the ballot. This just shows how much interest there is in winning the Boston mayors race. Each of them is sure to run an epic campaign, and the diversity among them is astounding. You have a district attorney, state legislator, city council members and other great community leaders just wanting to take a shot at the office they’ve wanted for quite some time.
There has been political unification among many of these people that is about to be tested for sure. Political fundraising is about to go into overdrive. And to boot, the winning candidate is likely to end up serving not just a term but again for a generation. That is how Boston rolls!
Can you imagine a debate or some type of political forum where all the candidates appear? It’s going to feel more like a two minute commercial pitch than a debate if they all get to speak. Every word they say and everything they do matters so much as to how the public views them as a potential mayor.
There was a deadline, which found eight people withdrawing from the race, but the pack is still pretty “packed.” One of the contenders, Charles Yancey, has served on the city council for 30 years. He was busy gathering signatures for both that and the position of mayor. He is said to be making a decision on which one to run for. Of course, all signatures have to be certified, and a process for that is required and takes a little time.
So all these signatures that have to be certified stack up on actual paper, and can you imagine how many pieces of paper? They are on about 7,600 sheets of paper! And, they really do have to get down to it because no one voter can sign more than one candidate’s signature ballot. It’s a first come, first serve deal, which could knock more people off the ballot for the Boston mayors race.
The only three candidates this early on that are definitely already on the ballot with enough tallied signatures are: Martin Walsh who is a state representative, Daniel Conley District Attorney and John Connolly. The outcome remains to be seen, but the scramble for office is definitely exciting, and there is one thing for certain: Boston is going to have a new mayor soon.