A look at the precinct-by-precinct results shows Jamaica Plain went heavier for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley than the rest of the city did. While Boston as a whole went 66 percent to 30 percent for Coakley over Governor-elect Charlie Baker, JP voters chose Coakley by an 80-15 margin. Independent Evan Falchuk made a slightly stronger showing in JP than in Boston: 3.5 percent in the neighborhood and 2.8 percent city-wide. But while JP was overwhelmingly for Coakley, there were differences among precincts. Residents of Moss Hill, with its suburban feel, also voted more like suburbanites.
On Tuesday evening, State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Boston City Councilors Matt O’Malley and Ayanna Pressley joined workers, business owners, community leaders and grassroots volunteers at Bella Luna restaurant on Amory Street in a canvass launch in support of Question 4 on the November ballot. Currently a million workers in Massachusetts don’t have access to paid sick time. During the canvass, hosted by Bella Luna owners Kathie Mainzer and Carol Downs, volunteers knocked doors, and talked to voters about the importance of Question 4. Chang-Diaz spoke about a business owner who was incredulous that there are businesses that don’t provide sick time, while O’Malley called Question 4 a matter of “family values.”
“Earned Sick Time is good for business,” said Mainzer. “It is a moral crime that people have to make a choice between their job and their health,” said Pressley.