#BosMayor Round-Up: July 22, 2013

Charlotte Golar Richie on TV, upcoming fundraisers for Felix Arroyo and Bill Walczak wading into the debate over a search for a new superintendent -- all that and more in an update on the mayor's race.

-- Civic groups in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood are hosting a mayoral forum at WGBH on Tuesday night. According to a release about the forum, it starts at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by state Sen. Will Brownsberger, a Democratic candidate for Congress.

-- City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo’s campaign is promoting three fundraisers with big names attached. In an email to supporters, Rosy Gonzalez, Arroyo’s finance director said Boston Marathon hero Carlos Arredondo, Pulitzer-winning author Junot Diaz and Grammy-nominated artist Frankie Negron are hosting in Jamaica Plain, the South End and downtown Boston.

The Negron “Salsa & Sangria” fundraiser is scheduled for Thurs. July 25 at 8 p.m. at the Mojitos Lounge on Winter St.; the Arredondo fundraiser, which will include his wife Melida, is set for Sunday, July 28 at Bella Luna on Amory St., at 5 p.m.; and the Diaz fundraiser will take place on Tues. July 30 at 6 p.m. at Vejigantes Restaurant on West Dedham St. Suggested donations range from $25 to $100.

-- Former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie appeared on “On the Record,” the Sunday political chat show hosted by Janet Wu and Ed Harding. In the pre-taped interview, Harding asked whether she would be surprised if none of the people of color running for mayor make it to the final. “I’m not looking at it like that,” Golar Richie said. “I’m thinking that I’m going to be in the final, I am expecting to be the next mayor. I wouldn’t have chosen to run if I thought that I didn’t have a good shot at this. There are certainly other candidates of color, there are other white candidates, right, and white male candidates, and you could say they’ll all bump heads with each other trying to get to the finish line.”

After Harding pressed her on being a candidate who is a woman and a person of color, Golar Richie said she didn’t want to act like it is “totally irrelevant” in the race. “I do think that I can energize women in a way that maybe the average guy can’t,” she said. “Because women, you know, just like everybody [are] looking for a role model. And if we haven’t seen a woman mayor before, we haven’t seen an African-American mayor here in the city before, people are going to be like, ‘Wow, Charlotte, you know, kudos to you for getting out there.’”

Wu noted that money is a factor in the race, and the Irish-American candidates appear to have the most money and the potential to raise more. Asked if she agreed, Golar Richie said, “Well, let’s stay tuned on this. I’m raising money. I mean, I’m making my mark on this, ok? I think in the last two weeks of June, if I’m keeping track correctly, I think we raised like $75,000 in the last two weeks --”

Wu broke in: “But can you compete with someone like Dan Conley who’s got over a million dollars already in the --”

“But I don’t know that I have to compete dollar for dollar, right? You know, I mentioned my track record and I think I’ve done a lot of different kinds of things,” Golar Richie said. “I am not like Dan Conley, ok?” Golar Richie noted she had been a legislator and served as Mayor Thomas Menino’s chief of housing.

Asked if she is expecting Menino to help her campaign, Golar Richie said, “Let’s say that I don’t have any news to share in that regard, as of yet, okay? But when I do, I will issue that press release and you will know.”

-- Bill Walczak, who served on the task force that put together a plan to overhaul the city’s student assignment system, is urging the School Committee to continue its search for a new superintendent. Last week state Rep. Marty Walsh issued a statement urging the committee to suspend the search and hold off until the election. Mission Hill City Councillor Michael Ross has also called for the School Committee to hold off. “We can't sit on our hands,” Walczak said in a statement yesterday. “Now is the time to do our homework. The School Committee needs to identify the desired leadership qualities and experience in candidates, interview and select a search committee and begin the community engagement process so that once the new mayor is elected; we can quickly begin interviews and make the final selection.”

-- Rep. Walsh’s campaign now has a campaign manager: Megan Costello, who has worked for Newton Mayor Setti Warren. The Reporter was told she was initially hired as deputy campaign manager. The Walsh campaign has also hired a spokesperson – S.J. Port, who until last week had worked as a spokeswoman for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

-- Former School Committee member John Barros is touting a fundraising haul of over $11,000 in the last 10 days.

-- Hyde Park City Councillor Rob Consalvo is taking a page from Buzzfeed’s listicle playbook: His campaign put out releases titled “14 Ways You Know You’re Running for Mayor of Boston” and “9 Innovative Ideas to Make Boston Safer.”

-- Ross was endorsed last week by the Ward 21 Democratic Committee. The committee includes activists from Allston, Brighton and Fenway.



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