North End business owner, resident and Neighborhood Council member, Philip Frattaroli, is seriously considering a run for Boston City Councilor At-Large. The race to follow Tom Menino as Boston’s next Mayor has opened up at least two of the four City Councilor At-Large seats for new candidates with sitting councilors John Connolly and Felix Arroyo having announced their Mayoral candidacy.
A small business owner, Frattaroli owns and operates Ducali Pizzeria on Causeway Street. He hails from a famous family of North End restauranteurs and Italian-American immigrants including father Filippo Frattaroli of Filippo’s Ristorante and uncle Donato Frattaroli of Lucia Ristorante.
Philip Frattaroli’s political experience includes serving as an aide to former Governor Paul Cellucci and New York State Field Director for the Rudy Guiliani Presidential Committee. He also worked in the office of former Mass. House Speaker, Sal DiMasi. He is a graduate of Boston College and holds a law degree from Suffolk University Law School.
In the local community, he currently serves on the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council, NEWNC, and is active in several charitable causes. Philip is one of the organizers of the annual Taste of the North End and ran the 2012 Boston Marathon to support the UMass ALS Champion Fund. A former high school and college wrestler, he also advocates for the sport to be offered in school programs. He lives in the North End and was recently married to Kelly Fagan at St. Stephen’s Church on Hanover Street.
It is still early days for potential City Council candidate announcements. Michele Wu, a South End resident (formerly of the North End) has announced she is running for an at-large seat having served recently on Elizabeth Warren’s senate campaign. Michael Flaherty, the former city councilor who lost to Menino in the 2009 Mayor’s race is expected to announce his entry into the at-large race. Also speculated to run for an at-large seat is Daniel Ryan from Charlestown who serves as an aide to U.S. Representative Michael Capuano.
The remaining sitting at-large councilors are Ayanna Pressley and Council President, Stephen Murphy. Both are currently expected to run for re-election as at-large city councilors. The entire City of Boston votes for the at-large councilors with the top four vote tallies winning the seats. Each district in the city also is represented by a City Councilor. District 1 includes the North End, Charlestown and East Boston and is represented by Councilor Sal LaMattina.