Election roundup: New York media take note of our quaint accent and realign Boston geography; the general forum is defined
The New York Times has a long piece today about how Annissa Essaibi George stepped up her Boston accent, in her own unique way to Anissa Essaibi George (in which she admits to doing it and then says it doesn’t matter). The story quotes her, a HiPahk supporter of Michelle Wu, an accent trainer and a guy who says he only started dropping his Rs when his mom told him to say them if he wanted to advance in. life.
The story tells an anecdote from one of the journalist’s friends, a local film producer, about a birthday card she recently received from her sister:
You are my SISTAH, you are a PRODUCAH, and now you are OLDAH.
The story originally began with an anecdote about Essaibi George on the opening night:
Mayoral candidate Annissa Essaibi George was bolstering her supporters, who had gathered at an Italian restaurant on the South Boston waterfront, a little punchy after a long day out of the vote.
This restaurant would be Venice, that even a confused journalist like your trusty correspondent knows he is in the Port Norfolk area of Dorchester. To its credit, the Paper of Record has since changed the reference to “the waterfront,” which is more accurate, especially for your typical Upper East Side Times reader chuckling about provincial Bostonians and their accent, although these days, Bostonians who hear “the waterfront” tend to think of the area between Atlantic Avenue and downtown Harbor, not a quiet little area of Dorchester that is barely accessible from the rest of the city.
Anyway, in other news, Wu got the support of the Massachusetts PAC Women’s Political Caucus:
Michelle is a bold visionary with a proven track record in shaping strong policies for a Fairer Boston. We are proud of her leadership when she served on MWPC’s Young Professionals Board of Directors and are confident that she will continue to act urgently and in collaboration with the communities of Boston to find solutions to the most pressing problems of the city. As a woman of color and the daughter of immigrants, her election will strengthen Boston’s consistently under-represented voices that are the backbone of the city.
Democratic Neighborhood Committees in the Jamaican Plain organized a Zoom forum for the eight candidates for the general council. Starts at 5:30 p.m. on October 19.
The Dorchester Journalist talk with Michael Flaherty, who won the preliminary ballot for one of the four extraordinary seats.
The journalist too have a look on the run for Ward 4 (Dorchester, Mattapan and a bit of Roslindale), where Brian Worrell and former State Representative Evandro Carvalho are competing for the seat abandoned by Andrea Campbell.
The West Roxbury Business and Professional Association is hosting a forum for both candidates for mayor and mayor at the Corrib Pub in West Roxbury at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, October 13.
Voters next month will be able to vote in a non-binding referendum on Boston’s return to an elected school committee. Boston Parents Schoolyard News begins a series on the issue, starting with an interview with Jean McGuire, the first black woman elected to the committee before it was replaced by a committee appointed by the mayor.