We're going to need a bigger boat, um, forum location. That is the case with JP Progressives' state rep forum on June 5th. Originally slated to be held at Doyle's, there was so much interest that the event was moved to the roomier First Baptist Church. The June 5th state representative forum will be for the 11th Suffolk County District seat currently held by Liz Malia, who was first elected in 1998. Click here to read a column by Malia providing a fall legislative update from 2017: Community Prosperity Through Behavorial Health.
Money isn't everything. But it's something. Especially when it comes to political campaigns. Candidates can reach a broader audience by using their campaign funds to repeatedly advertise, host events and more. So who's got the most money in the bank among the five Suffolk County District Attorney candidates?
Congressman Michael Capuano will be in Jamaica Plain this Sunday to participate in a JP Progressives' candidate forum at Doyle's Cafe. Capuano was first elected to Congress for the 8th District in 1999, and after redistricting he was elected to represent the 7th District in 2013. This fall Capuano is being challenged in the Democratic primary by At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. This forum is being hosted by JP Progressives, who invites the public to ask Capuano questions through slido.com (code #5492). Pressley previously participated in a JP Progressives candidate forum this year, and a video of that forum is viewable here.
The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council held its election this past Saturday and the new council members will take their seats at the next council meeting on May 22. The JPNC can have up to 20 members comprised of five at-large candidates and five candidates from three different areas. But this council will have 18 members because only four candidates ran for Areas A and B.
There were 301 ballots cast, two were disqualified because those voters' residency could not be confirmed and six ballots were tossed because they didn't provide an address and/or name. The committee chair, vice-chair, secretary/treasurer will be elected by council members by the second meeting following the election. The next JPNC meeting is on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 pm at the Farnsworth House (90 South St.).
There will only be one contested race in the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council elections being held on April 28th. There can be up to 20 council members, but only 19 candidates are on the ballot. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) consists up to 20 members: five at-large councilors, and five from three different geographical areas. Each council term runs for two years and the chair of the council is chosen by the other council members. There are four candidates running for Area A, six running for Area B, four running for Area C and five running at-large.