In the wake of the terrible American tragedy at the Boston Marathon, there is a Mayor’s race that quietly continues forward with more than 20 candidates looking to replace longtime-Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
Campaigns must collect the signatures of 3,000 registered voters to appear on the ballot for the Sept. 24 primary election. Signatures are due on May 13, 2013.
Here are the currently declared candidates:
- City Councilor Felix Arroyo declared for Mayor in the hopes of becoming the first person of color to win the Mayor’s seat. Arroyo is the son of another Felix Arroyo who was the first Latino to serve on the Boston City Council. Arroyo announced his candidacy from SEIU Local 615 – the local union representing thousands of janitors.
- City Councilor John R. Connolly announced his bid for Mayor outside a Boston public school with parents to kick off his campaign.
- City Councilor Rob Consalvo has announced his candidacy for Mayor. He is a Hyde Park resident with 11 years experience on the city council.
- City Councilor Michael P. Ross declared for Mayor via a BlackBerry and Twitter.
- City Councilor Charles C. Yancey filed papers to run for both mayor and for reelection to his council seat.
- State Rep. Martin J. Walsh was the first to announce for mayor of Boston.
- Daniel F. Conley, the Suffolk District Attorney, has announced his bid for mayor and is a former city councilor from Hyde Park who now lives in West Roxbury.
- Lee Buckley filed papers to run for both mayor and council.
- Gareth R. Saunders filed papers to run for both mayor and for council.
- Charles Clemons, co-founder of TOUCH 106.1 FM, announced his mayoral campaign at his 50th birthday party in Roxbury.
- John G. C. Laing Jr. pulled his papers to run for mayor and is a business partner of Clemons’ at TOUCH 106.1 FM.
- Bill Walczak, 58, is a longtime community activist who co-founded the Codman Square Health Center.
- David James Wyatt has filed to run.
- Divo Rodrigues Monteiro has filed to run.
- William J. Dorcena has filed to run.
- Althea Garrison has filed to run.
- David S. Portnoy has filed to run and currently operates the Barstool Sports website
- Christopher Womack has filed to run.
- Robert Cappucci has filed to run.
- John F. Barros has filed to run.
- Rev. Miniard Culpepper has filed to run.
- Charlotte Golar Richie.
- Hassan A. Williams
- Frank John Addivinola Jr