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Julia Mejia claims victory at the Frogmore in Hyde Square. Photo by Alexa Gagosz.

Election Day may be over, but one seat remains contested

Alexa Gagosz November 12, 2019

A swarm of supporters surrounded Julia Mejia when she declared victory on Election night in her bid for one of the at-large seats on Boston’s city council. Someone held a Dominican flag high as Mejia...

Anne Rousseau is the co-founder of JP Progressives. Photo by Eileen O'Grady.

Changemaker: Anne Rousseau, co-founder of JP Progressives

Ali Dusinberre November 4, 2019

Anne Rousseau discovered a passion for grassroots campaigning and progressive politics around a decade ago, after working on the election of former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Although she had...

Candidates discussed affordable housing measures, including rent control. Above (left to right) Councilor Michael Flaherty, Alejandra St. Guillen, Councilor Michelle Wu, Julia Mejia, Erin Murphy, David Halbert, Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George. Photo by Alexa Gagosz.

Can rent control end displacement? At-large candidates discuss in community forum

Alexa Gagosz October 22, 2019

Lifelong Dorchester resident Alma Chisholm sat alone in the main hall of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, having arrived early for the “grassroots solidarity,” at-large City Council...

City Councilor at-large candidate Erin Murphy has repeatedly told voters that the opioid epidemic has impacted her personally. Up until last week, at the Right to the City forum on Oct. 9, she had never publicly disclosed any details. Photo by Alexa Gagosz.

Opioid crisis touches lives of City Council candidates

Alexa Gagosz October 22, 2019

City Councilor at-large candidate Erin Murphy has repeatedly told voters the opioid epidemic impacts her personally, without publicly disclosing any details. That is, until a campaign event earlier this...

City Councilor at-large Michelle Wu (far right) as she discusses scrapping the MBTA fares. Next to her is City-Councilor at-large Annissa Essaibi-George (middle) and at-large candidate Julia Mejia (left).

At-large candidates propose eliminating MBTA fares, make climate justice a priority

Alexa Gagosz October 4, 2019

Most of the remaining at-large City Council contenders agree: MBTA fares are too high and should be reduced or scrapped altogether.  On Wednesday night, at the at-large candidate forum on energy and...

(From left to right) At-large City Councilor candidates, Councilor Michael Flaherty, Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George, Alejandra St. Guillen, Erin Murphy, David Halbert, Julia Mejia and Councilor Michelle Wu, met on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Florian Hall to discuss voters' issues. Photo by Alexa Gagosz.

At-large candidates call for separate planning department, question exam school admissions

Alexa Gagosz October 3, 2019

Following a week of victory parties and media coverage, seven of the eight finalists for at-large City Council seats congregated for a candidate forum in Dorchester on Tuesday night, after clinching their...

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