Philip Frattaroli has officially announced his candidacy for Boston City Councilor At-Large. Pulling papers this week, the North End business owner and resident had previously signaled he was considering a run for one of the four at-large seats. He made the announcement on Twitter and set up a Facebook page.
Frattaroli will face two incumbent at-large councilors and several new candidates. Sitting councilors, Stephen Murphy and Ayanna Pressley, have announced they are running for re-election. The other two at-large councilors, Felix Arroyo and John Connolly, have entered the Mayoral race and neither are simultaneously running for City Council. Other announced candidates for the At-Large race include South Boston’s Michael Flaherty, South End’s Michele Wu, Jamaica Plain’s Shaun Ivers, Green-Rainbow endorsed Fransisco White and Socialist Alternative Seamus Whelan. City Council candidates need 1,500 signatures to secure a spot on the ballot.
As small business owner, Frattaroli owns and operates Ducali Pizzeria on Causeway Street. He hails from a well-known 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.