Been trying to keep track of too many things!
- As we speak, the City of Boston, pop. 692,600 has exactly ONE dropbox for mail-in ballots — at City Hall on the third floor. They didn’t leave them up at the early polling places, as far as I know. (Anyone is welcome to give info on this.) I phone-banked some folks in Boston who had their ballots, but hadn’t handed them in to the boxes yet. Are they supposed to drive from Roslindale to City Hall to drop off their ballot? Boston Elections Committee … are you serious? Somerville (pop. ~82,000), on the other hand, has ten dropboxes that are still available until tomorrow.
- Vote Jesse Mermell in the 4th district tomorrow, if you haven’t decided. Jake Auchincloss is still leading a still-crowded field, and he’s just not acceptable. There are a lot of things, but I can’t get over is his registration as a Republican to work for Charlie Baker. I think — stay with me here — that we can vote for a consistent Democrat in a Democratic primary.Mermell is quite close to Auchincloss in the polls. You know the story: She’s a progressive business leader, a former Deval Patrick aide, Ayanna Pressley’s bestie. It would be her vs. Ihssane Leckey for my vote: Deval Patrick-era left-liberal vs. Bernie-leftist, if you like; though their platforms are quite similar. Mermell is within striking distance; Leckey isn’t. So go Jesse.
- Vote Robbie Goldstein vs. Lynch. Got to be done.
- Vote Alex Morse vs. the moribund Richard Neal. Look, I still don’t like the idea of Morse having assignations with undergrads, at all; and it’s not homophobic to say so. It’s not good judgment. But some things are more important to the public. Neal is a thoroughly-compromised, not-very-competent corporate Democrat who has failed in his duty to check the Trump administration’s corruption. He’d be replaced as Ways and Means chair by Lloyd Doggett of Austin TX, who is much more progressive. I suppose we’d lose something in Massachusetts largesse … but again, some things are more important.
- So many state rep races, and they all matter profoundly, and my word has scant influence. There is a possibility of a major progressive shift within the building. Jconway mentioned a number of them here; Boston City Council aide Lee Nave talked about a few here; and ProgressiveMass has a comprehensive list of endorsements; here’s 350MassAction’s list of endorsees.
Anyway, I’m particularly rooting for these incredibly impressive candidates:
- Damali Vidot, Chelsea/Charlestown
- Steve Owens (of course!!) Watertown. Our old BMG friend.
- Nichole Mossalam, Medford/Malden (running against Donato, so I hope she’s ready to send out birthday cards)
- Joe Gravellese, Revere/Chelsea. In case you missed it, really amazing interview responses from Joe on BMG here.
- Lisa Arnold in Lowell: She wears purple, rides a bike — sold.
- Alison Leary, Newton/Watertown. Climate-woke.
- Andrew Flowers (Sharon/Stoughton/Walpole/Mansfield)
- .. and there are many more. Who’s your favorite?
Please share widely!