Sam Yoon Lays It Down for Mayor

Sam Yoon mugWould-be Boston Mayor and present City Councilor Sam Yoon does not seem intimidated by Tom Menino’s money and union machine. He figures the guy in City Hall can be beaten if enough voters are engaged between now and the primary (9/22) and general (11/3).

He joined us today to detail why Menino’s 16 years is more than enough in office and why Yoon would be different and better than four more years.

He is blunt in acknowledging that the incumbent has done best when he disengaged from the campaign, leaving opponents to struggle on their own. In contrast, he pointed to nearly 80 debates previous Mayor Ray Flynn conducted in the fight against Mel King for the office. At present, three debates are on the schedule before the primary.

Sam figures that each of the 20 neighborhoods and sub-neighborhoods deserves its own debate with all the candidates present. We join him in that call and shall continue to do so here and elsewhere.

Click below to hear Sam describe what he says he can do better in education, crime reduction, funding, Home Rule, and even the BRA.

By the bye, he hit a sweet spot with us early when he said that in this election, blogs and other new media could play an important role. He thinks that’s one way to get voters excited about the issues and candidates’ stances.

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  1. Frank Smith Said,

    May 26, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

    If Menino’s record is so good, why is it that he refuses to debate or engage the public. I listened to NPR last week and he would not even take phone calls from the listeners as all the other candidates did. That total disregard for the voter is hardly surprising though considering that he has been mayor for 16 years – time for new ideas and new leaders in Boston.

  2. Taylor Said,

    May 26, 2009 @ 4:13 pm

    Sam’s the only person in this race with fresh ideas and I’m glad you gave him a forum to talk more about it.

    Menino’s bully tactics have got to go and this city has to move on. It feels like we’re stuck in a bad marriage here.

    Sam’s experience as a community leader is real attractive to me and he is a thoughtful guy. I’m looking forward to seeing him out and about in the blogosphere more.

  3. paintitblue Said,

    May 26, 2009 @ 4:19 pm

    Thoughtful and interesting interview. Hopefully we’ll hear more of him and other candidates – Menino included – in real debates and forums.

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