It’s not often three school board members sign up to address the City Council during the public speaking portion of the meeting on the same night, but that’s what Maria Pereira, Sauda Baraka and Howard Gardner are scheduled to do for Monday’s session. The school board budget and Classical Studies Program are common themes.
See council agenda here.
The council will also take up an ordinance amendment regarding “Residency reporting of all municipal elected officials, board and commission members.”
This is an election year for the entire 20 council seats, all Democrats. A majority of council districts judging by the amount of announced candidates are headed for September primaries.
Still, the largest question looms, will City Council President Tom McCarthy seek another two-year term in the 133rd District? First elected in 2001, Big Mac says he’s not made a decision, not publicly anyway. He’s led the legislative body for 10 years.
Former State House member Bob Keeley and zoning commissioner Anne Pappas Phillips have teamed up to challenge McCarthy and his North End district partner Jeanette Herron. Herron says she’s running irrespective of what McCarthy decides.
So the political wheels turn with party endorsements in July. And, in case you’re wondering, campaign operatives have already signed out absentee ballot applications for the September 12 primary. The actual absentee ballots will be available to fill out in August.
Why wait for the last minute?
See 2017 election calendar here.