Downtown Schools for Boston                                 

                                    Boston Voter Guide – 2013 Elections

The upcoming elections for Mayor and City Council will determine the future of Boston’s Public Schools, and deeply affect our neighborhoods.  Please be sure to vote in the final election on Tuesday, November 5th

Candidates are well aware of whether voters in each neighborhood vote in each election, and they allocate their attention and choose their priorities accordingly.  If we don’t vote, our neighborhoods’ views don’t count.  We all owe it to our city and our neighbors to vote and make our voices heard.

Downtown Schools for Boston asked several questions of the candidates for Mayor and City Council, and the pages at the links below show the responses, for those who completed our questionnaire.  Many of the questions focus on Boston’s schools, while some questions ask more broadly about the downtown neighborhoods.

Click the links in each section below to read the candidates’ responses.


The next Mayor of Boston will substantially determine the priorities, leadership and funding for our public schools, and will shape development and services in our neighborhoods.  When you vote, please consider the positions of the candidates for Mayor. 

City Councilor – District 8

The City Councilor for District 8 will represent Mission Hill, the Fenway, Audubon Circle, Kenmore Square, the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the West End.  The District 8 Councilor will be a critical partner in our efforts to improve our schools and our neighborhoods.  (The complete responses for the two District 8 candidates are included on the web page.)

City Councilor – District 2

The City Councilor for District 2 will represent Downtown North, Downtown Boston, Chinatown, Bay Village, the Seaport / Fort Point, South Boston and parts of Beacon Hill and the South End.  The District 2 Councilor could also be an important partner in our efforts.  (The complete responses for the two District 2 candidates are included on the web page.) 

City Councilor – At Large

Four Boston City Council at-large members represent the entire city.  The support and focus of the entire City Council will be needed to move our schools and neighborhoods forward, so their positions on these issues are important.  (Due to space considerations, the candidates’ responses are summarized; however, the complete responses from each candidate can be found by following a link in the bottom row of each candidate’s summarized responses.)

Election Information

The City of Boston Elections website has a range of information about the upcoming elections.  Some useful links:

·         Where do I vote?  The most reliable information on where to vote is a postcard sent to each registered voter by the City.  However, if the location hasn’t changed recently, you can also look up your voting location at the City’s Registered Voter and My Neighborhood websites.

·         What City Council district am I in?  The Boston Registered Voter and My Neighborhood websites will also tell you the City Council district for your address.

·         What are the boundaries of the City Council districts?  To accommodate changes in population, the City Council district boundaries were recently redrawn.  You can view a PDF which shows the old and new boundaries of the City Council districts (3MB PDF).  The old boundaries are indicated by the heavy blue lines; the new boundaries are indicated by the colors of shading of each precinct that is included in a district.

·         Who are the candidates on my ballot, and how many do I vote for?  Specimen ballots are available at this Upcoming Elections page of the City of Boston’s Elections website.

Please vote!


                                                                                                                                    Updated October 24, 2013