Mayoral, city council hopefuls stump in Chinatown: Conley, Wu, Flaherty, Saunders
By Ling-Mei Wong
The Chinatown Resident Association and the Governor’s Asian American Commission hosted the fifth Boston mayoral forum with Dan Conley, Suffolk County district attorney on Sept. 4 at the Josiah Quincy School. City council at-large candidates Michelle Wu, Michael Flaherty and Gareth Saunders also spoke, as the Sept. 24 primary loomed large.
Two of the 12 mayoral hopefuls will be selected at the primary, while four of the 19 at-large city council candidates will be chosen to face off in the Nov. 5 election.
Conley’s paternal grandfather was born on Tyler Street in 1894, making him the only candidate with “roots” in Chinatown. He spoke about his track record in law enforcement to make Boston a safe destination city, along with increasing affordable housing and education reform.
“We need to grow our middle class,” Conley said. “The best way to do that is through a solid education.”
Wu came to Boston as a Harvard undergraduate student. She volunteered at the Asian American Civic Association by teaching citizenship classes, and later worked in Mayor Thomas Menino’s office and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s election campaign.
“Chinatown was the reason why I was going to make Boston my home and bring my family here,” Wu said. “I will do everything to make sure Chinatown is a thriving community with safe, clean streets, and opportunities for children and our seniors.”
Flaherty touted his city council record, voting for Chinese and Vietnamese ballots, a Chinatown library and the Chinatown crime watch to be replicated in other neighborhoods and business districts.
“I will continue to fight for Chinatown, for our seniors and for affordable housing,” Flaherty said.
Saunders represented Roxbury on the city council from 1994 to 1999, supporting more police officers on the street, youth services, and funding for HIV and aids.
“I will fight to improve the Boston Public School system,” Saunders said. “I will work with small businesses, as there are a lot of permits and fees, which must change.”
A sixth mayoral forum will take place Sept. 11 with Mike Ross and Charles Yancey.
On Sept. 13, the CRA will host an August Moon Festival celebration at the school.
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