Boston mayoral election 2021: Candidates step up campaigns ahead of Tuesday’s preliminaries
Boston’s top mayoral candidates are scrambling to get as many of their constituents as possible to the polls ahead of next Tuesday’s preliminary elections which will almost certainly narrow the field of mayoral candidates for the first time to two candidates of color, perhaps. be two women.
Throughout its history, Boston has elected only white men as mayors. The election marks a change in the political landscape of the city.
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, who held a lead over the other four leading candidates in a handful of recent polls, plans a rally in the city’s Chinatown on Saturday with her former Harvard Law School professor, the US Senator. Elizabeth Warren.
The city’s early voting period, which began on Saturday, ends on Friday.
The remaining candidates focus much of their attention on each other as they strive for second place in the November ballot.
Earlier this year, Acting Mayor Kim Janey became the first black Bostonian and the first woman to hold the city’s highest office after former Mayor Marty Walsh resigned to become President Joe Biden’s labor secretary. .
On Tuesday, Janey traded beards with Boston City Councilor Andrea Campbell, who is also black, with Campbell calling on Janey to disown a political action committee that launched a radio ad targeting Campbell.
Janey’s campaign manager responded in a statement saying Campbell’s entire campaign consisted of negative political attacks on Janey,
Councilor Annissa Essaibi George, who is also fighting for a spot on the November ballot, also targeted Janey, who used the higher public profile of the mayor’s office to help propel her campaign.
John Barros, the city’s former economic development chief, struggled to gain ground against the other candidates.
Janey is narrowly leading the fundraising race with her total fundraising since January surpassing $ 1.5 million on Tuesday.
The candidate with the second-highest fundraising total is Campbell, who has raised more than $ 1.4 million since January, according to the state office and campaign and political finance.
She is closely followed by two other city councilors – Wu and Essaibi George – who have both raised more than $ 1.3 million.
Barros raised $ 644,000.
Wu’s parents immigrated to the United States from Taiwan. Essaibi George describes herself as a first generation Arab-Polish American. Barros is of Cape Verdean origin.
All the candidates are Democrats. Boston mayoral races do not include the party primaries. The two people with the most votes in the preliminary elections on September 14 will face off on November 2.
All five are expected to participate in their first televised debate on Wednesday.
Wednesday is also the last day to apply to vote by mail in the preliminary elections. Nominations must arrive at the city’s election office before 5 p.m. Wednesday for a ballot to be mailed, according to Commonwealth Secretary William Galvin.
Any voter who wishes to vote by mail can apply by submitting a signed request for a ballot by drop box, email, fax or mail. Applications sent by email must include an image of a handwritten signature.
Since the U.S. Postal Service recommends allowing up to seven days for mail delivery, Galvin urges voters to use drop boxes to submit nominations and ballots – especially in the 15 cities of the State, including Boston, which is holding an election on September 14.
“Mail can take up to a week to deliver, so if you haven’t returned your ballot already, you should use a drop box if you can,” Galvin said in a press release. “If you haven’t applied yet, keep in mind that your application will need to reach your city’s election office by 5:00 pm tomorrow and you will likely need to use a drop box to return your ballot.”
Voters still have the option of voting in person.