I have been to events with the two finalist, Walsh and Connolly. At this stage in the game the events are mob scenes and it is hard to get questions answered. But I’m nothing if not tenacious. From an overwrought voter, here are my thoughts.
Marty Walsh: I like that Walsh is humble and self effacing. I also like that he has strong union ties. I also think that his sixteen years in the legislature is a plus. The state exerts what I consider to be a lot of control over municipal decisions. I think his connections and good will there could serve him well.
I don’t like the fact that he continues to be squirrelly on the charter school front. I feel like he is inviting folks to read between the lines in his answers. But then he seems affronted by implication that he isn’t being completely upfront about his stance.
John Connolly: John gave an amazing speech last night at the event that I attended in JP. He started with the struggles of single moms. As the daughter of a public school teacher who raised 5 kids when our dad left – that is a good place to start. As always, John struck me as very smart. He has a lot of depth to his ideas. He also looked me in the eye and promised me that he wouldn’t let BPS be gutted by charter schools.
But, but but:
You know what they say about campaign promises. John’s education plan really worries me. I don’t like the hard line stance with the BTU. I truly believe that if we want extended day for our children then the teachers should be paid for their extra time.
So basically, I’m a 3. I don’t agree with the demonization of either of these guys that seems to be happening. From my little corner of the city, they both seem like good men that have their individual strengths and weaknesses.
I have some additional issues for both of them:
- SPED children really suffer in BPS. I am going to try and find out if either one of them have plans to address this.
- They both agree that we need more affordable housing. I am going to try and find out more specifics about this.
- Rubber Sidewalks. It’s a good idea.