District 1 City Council Race Roundup

By John Lynds

This week, East Boston’s Margaret Farmer secured enough nomination signatures to officially be on the September primary ballot for the District 1 City Council Race that includes Eastie, Charlestown and the North End. Farmer will join fellow East Bostonian, Lydia Edwards and the North End’s Stephen Passacantilli on the ballot.

Both Farmer and Edwards are gearing up for their official campaign kickoffs with Edwards hosting her kickoff at La Hacienda on Meridian Street on Wednesday (tonight) at 5:30 p.m. and Farmer holding her kickoff the following night at Maverick Market Cafe at 6 p.m. Passacantilli will hold an East Boston campaign kickoff on June 7 at Orient Heights Yacht Club.

“I am excited to meet with supporters, residents and those interested in learning more about the campaign,” said Farmer. “This is only the beginning of the journey, one​ I need your personal endorsement to make successful.  Everyone is invited to attend and join with a citizen campaign.”

This week, Edwards was named a 2017 Game Changer by the Boston Globe as part of their series highlighting innovation and leadership in the metro Boston area.

The Globe praised Edwards ability to build relationships and conversations among “three constituencies that often can feel as if they’re speaking completely different languages”: tenants, landlords, and city hall to come up with solutions for gentrification and displacement.

“We have to come up with a way we can talk and have all of us feel like part of the solution,” said Edwards. “I am honored to receive this distinction from the Boston Globe and to shed light on this issue.”

For his part, Passacantilli was making the rounds in Eastie over the weekend and took part in the East Boston High School’s Strike Out Colon Cancer baseball tournament and threw out a ceremonial pitch. Passacantilli also attended the Boston Police’s Bike Safety Day at the Salesians and stopped by the Gove Street Citizens Association meeting Monday.

“I was also out door knocking in East Boston’s Orient Heights neighborhood Saturday and did some other door knocking in Charlestown and the North End on Friday evening,” said Passacantilli. “With my kickoff just around the corner on June 7 at the Orient Heights Yacht Club I’m also finalizing plans to open my East Boston campaign office at 402 Saratoga Street by the end of next week.”

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