Boston mayor hopefuls on charters, nicknames

This is the second article in a series showcasing the answers of 10 of the 12 Boston mayoral candidates to questions posed at forums in June and July hosted by CommonWealth, the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, A Better City, and the Chiofaro Cos.

To read the full transcripts of the three forums in this series, click here: June 25th transcript | July 11th transcript | July 18th transcript

The answers below came from lightning round questions, where candidates were limited to one or two-word responses. The first question, on the charter school cap, highlighted a major divide among the candidates, with four favoring the elimination or raising of the cap, one vowing to look at the issue, and five opposing any change. The nickname question gives you an opportunity to see how the candidates view themselves and their candidacies.

Should the CommonWealth charter school cap for Boston be eliminated, raised, or remain the same?

City Councilor Felix Arroyo: “I don’t support lifting the cap.”

John Barros: “Raise and eliminate.”

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley: “Eliminated.”

City Councilor John Connolly: “Raise the cap, better partnerships with Boston public schools.”

City Councilor Rob Consalvo: “It should remain the same.”

Charlotte Richie: “I think we need to look at it.”

Councilor Mike Ross: “Longer answer, but remain the same for me.”

Bill Walczak: “Raised.”

Rep. Martin Walsh: “Not raise the cap.” [Walsh says he misspoke at the forum and actually believes the cap should be lifted.]

City Councilor Charles Yancey: “I think the charter school movement has been very successful. I would not raise the cap. I think that takes resources away from Boston public schools.”


Mayor Menino is often called the urban mechanic; if you’re elected mayor what will you be called?

City Councilor Felix Arroyo: “The Opportunity Man.  I believe we’re suffering from an opportunity gap and everyone deserves opportunity in our city.”

John Barros: “The innovation opportunity mayor.”

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley: “The man that took us from good to great.”

City Councilor John Connolly: “The school transformer.”

City Councilor Rob Consalvo: “The problem solver.”

Charlotte Richie: “Felix took the words out of my mouth.  Access and opportunity.  Absolutely, that’s what my administration is going to be about.”

Councilor Mike Ross: “An entrepreneur who happens to be in government.”

Bill Walczak: “Urban innovator.”

Rep. Martin Walsh: “The visionary.”

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City Councilor Charles Yancey: “The great uniter.”