Looking back on the big field for AB City Coucil back in 2002

After Brian Honan died in July 2002, a preliminary election in November and then a runoff in December between the top two vote getters was held to elect the new AB City Councilor. Of the nine who ran, two are back this year - Mark Ciommo and Rosie Hanlon.

In the preliminary election, Jerry McDermott topped the field with 1668 votes, while Mark Ciommo came in second with 1310. Cathi Cambell, a 34-year-old lawyer placed third with more than 1100 votes. The six other candidates who were also eliminated during the primary election were John Bruno, the 52-year-old owner of Brookline Bag and Paper Company; Gary Dotterman, a 58-year-old liberal activist; Rosie Hanlon, the 42-year-old director of Brighton Main Streets; Dan McLaughlin, a 32-year-old custodian for the Boston Public School system; Mark D. Trachtenberg, a former Boston city librarian; and Arturo Vasquez, president of the Brighton Allston Improvement Association.

McDermott won the runoff against Ciommo with 54% of the vote. His win followed two narrow losing bids for the Boston City Council.

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1 comment:

  1. With respect to transparency we should advocate for the routine disclosure of the City Council stenographic machine output transcription. In order to do it new Council stenographic services need to be obtained that have more up to date software. The current stenographic services have been with the city for several administrations without adequate review. More up to date stenographic services use software that make Councilors' remarks and debate available the same day of the Council's public meetings. That way we can comment on those remarks and debate with the draft the software transcribed from the stenographic machine output. It would allow for better communication between public spirited civic minded people and their Council representation. It's about time we put a stop to the routine withholding of public information at City Hall. Another aspect of it is that newer software used by more up to date stenographic services would make closed captioning available on the Council meetings' broadcast on the web and on cable television at http://cityofboston.gov/citycouncil