If only everyone voted the way we do in municipal elections. Our ranked method reflects the will of the voters fairly and accurately, and this year revealed some interesting trends as votes flowed from one candidate to another, many in groups called “slates.”
As Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumni engaged in promoting much-needed climate action by the institute, we are deeply disappointed with its Climate Action Plan, which takes a narrow approach inadequate to the practical imperatives of climate change.
Thanks to all of those residents who went to the polls and voted for City Council and School Committee candidates, as well as to the candidates themselves – and more.
An animal-rights group has suggested the state needs to come up with a non-violent idea to thin out the Blue Hills Reservation deer population. The group wants to try using contraception on the herd first.
No one should be fooling themselves: The most likely outcome of Tuesday’s election is that there are going to be a lot of incumbents returning to office, including to their seats on the City Council. But the incumbents have given some good reasons to vote differently.
Mayor David Maher hasn’t attended a single one of this election season’s candidates forums.
Craig Kelley’s continued presence as an independent voice of reason on the council is vital, and Marc McGovern has brought old and new residents together around an agenda of compassionate government.
The slate of candidates wants to wipe the status quo aside and address pressing issues with an urgency we desperately need. There are a number of reasons we should be giving new candidates a hard look, instead of reflexively voting in familiar names.
Emily Dexter’s concern, approach to our challenges and ability to articulate issues is already moving our local education conversation in a positive direction, on the “achievement gap” and other subjects.
By far the best moment of Tuesday’s City Council candidates forum was one of the last – not because the event was nearly over, but because it was hilarious.