Incumbent District One City Councilor, Sal LaMattina, faces two challengers, Brian J. Gannon and John Ribeiro, Jr., that submitted signature papers this week for the district seat in the September 24, 2013 municipal election. All three candidates are East Boston residents. Gannon is part of the “No Eastie Casino” fight against a resort/casino at Suffolk Downs and Ribeiro, Jr. is a retired probation officer engaged in drug abuse and health care issues. Assuming their signatures are verified, the two new candidates will appear on the ballot along with LaMattina.
District One includes the North End, Charlestown and East Boston. One of the changes coming in January 2014 is the separation of the Wharf District (Harbor Towers and Southbound) that will move into District Two. (See New City Council Redistricting Map Impacts North End / Waterfront; Downtown & Wharf District Joins Southie). In District Two, incumbent Councilor Bill Linehan from South Boston faces a challenge from downtown Boston resident Suzanne Lee. Mayoral candidate Mike Ross is also vacating his District 8 seat in Back Bay / Beacon Hill / Mission Hill and there are nine candidates vying for that seat.
Twenty-one candidates filed signatures to be on the ballot for the four City Councilor At-Large seats, including incumbents Stephen Murphy and Ayanna Pressley. From the North End, Philip Frattaroli is running with a kick-off planned for May 29th. Other nearby candidates include Frank Addivinola, Jr. from the West End, Jack Kelly III from Charlestown, Francisco White of East Boston and Michelle Wu from the South End. Other notable candidates for at-large councilor are Michael Flaherty and Catherine O’Neill.
In the competitive race to follow Mayor Thomas M. Menino as Boston’s next Mayor, there are 17 candidates that filed signature papers. See the Globe’s rundown.