Endorsements for mayor and at-large councilors
Now this is a first-world problem. So many advocates for LGBT rights, with voting, community or corporate records to prove it. Compare two candidates on LGBT issues and you’ll find a difference without a distinction.
Only two of the candidates would get a grade lower than a B+, and all of the "top tier" candidates are strong allies. And that’s as it should be, considering one of them will replace the most pro-gay mayor in the nation, Mayor Tom Menino.
This primary election is a message to all towns and cities in America—the pro-LGBT stance of the candidates sets the bar high. LGBT voters are no longer one or two issue voters. This field allows gay voters to choose a candidate who they feel will best serve the other issues they care about: public safety, education, transportation, housing, etc.
Bay Windows endorses Mike Ross for mayor.
As a city council candidate and office holder, Mike Ross has vigorously and enthusiastically advocated for LGBT equality. Almost every politician enjoys the Boston Gay Pride Parade, but Ross always seems filled with joy. It wasn’t until well after he had been elected to the city council that people learned that Mike Ross, whose father survived the Holocaust, had a lesbian mother.
A strong mayor needs empathy along with leadership. Ross has consistently and reliably been a leader on LGBT issues—most recently on the challenges facing our community’s senior population. As mayor, his experience in both public and private life would positively inform his leadership of the city.
City Councilor At Large
The downside of such an great field of candidates for mayor’s race is that the great field of candidates for the At-Large seats has gone uncovered (mostly due to the shrinking news staffs). David Bernstein of Boston Magazine and WGBH has done an incredible job—he’s connected with the candidates and you can read his interviews here: www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2013/09/10/boston-city-council-candidates-2013
Bay Windows endorses the following candidates for At Large Councilors:
Michael F. Flaherty