You can’t say, “No more Mr. Nice Guy,” about John Connolly. The popular at-large Boston City Councilor will always be pleasant and he promised us he’d run an upbeat campaign for Mayor this year. He has a flexible campaign, accounting for Mayor Tom Menino running for a sixth term or facing other Councilors and outsiders if Menino retires.
Either way, he pledges to bring no-nonsense transformation to the schools and beyond.
Click below to listen in as he describes his mayoral goals, starting with schools. Connolly has run the Council’s education committee for years in his three terms on Council. He’s noted for getting expired food off cafeteria menus as well as going nose to nose with the School Superintendent, Mayor, and teachers’ union as he felt necessary. He spoke to us of how the city has gone with the status quo, “tweaking around the edges” for slow reform rather than transformation. He described to us what he’d do differently.
He dove into the thorny elected/appointed/hybrid school committee and how smart, experienced members become “functional rubber stamps’ on joining. He also specified the key differences between the Superintendent’s approach and his.
He spoke of his approach to reducing crime. Also, he admitted that schools alone won’t win this election
He concluded with another key piece of his campaign â€” a program to retain and develop recent grads and young professionals. He’d have policies for affordable housing for them, anchor companies to keep them employed and innovative (instead of fleeing South or West), and citywide innovation districts. The also noted that young professionals, particularly those of color, need more fun and more welcoming activities and environment.
We crammed a lot in a half hour. We expect to have him on again, as well as other candidates. Don’t miss this introduction.
John Connolly Would-Be Mayor [31:29m]: Play Now
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