Primary Sept. 14; Ward committees endorse

David Taber

In Jamaica Plain, when primary voters head to the polls Sept. 14, they will, in some races, almost surely be helping decide the general election winners because the races are only being contested by Democrats.

The local Ward 11 and Ward 19 Democratic Committees made endorsements in some of those races and other state and federal races Sept. 7.

The Ward 19 Democratic Committee voted Sept. 7 to endorse Mac D’Alessandro for the Ninth Congressional seat; Steve Grossman for State Treasurer; Suzanne Bump for State Auditor; Karen Payne—co-chair of the committee—for Sixth Suffolk state rep.; and state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez for Fifteenth Suffolk state rep.

The Ward 11 Democratic Committee voted to endorse Second Suffolk state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz, Sánchez and Grossman.

Chang-Díaz ( is in a contest with Roxbury resident Hassan Williams ( JP resident Jeffrey Herman ( is challenging Sánchez ( [See related article.]

The senate seat covers most of JP as well as other Boston neighborhoods. The state rep. seat covers about half of JP, other Boston neighborhoods and a small part of Brookline.

Residents in some precincts in the Forest Hills and Woodbourne neighborhoods will be voting in the five-way Sixth Suffolk state rep. race between Kathy Gabriel (, Russell Holmes (, Darrin Howell (, Divo Monteiro ( and Payne ( That seat covers much of the Southeastern part of the city.

One precinct in Woodbourne will be helping elect either state Rep. Mike Rush ( or Mike Walsh ( to the Suffolk and Norfolk district seat, which also covers Boston neighborhoods to the south of JP and surrounding suburbs.

State Rep. Liz Malia, who represents the Eleventh Suffolk district, covering half of JP and parts of Roxbury, and U.S. Congressman Mike Capuano who represents the eighth congressional district, covering most of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, are running unopposed in both the primary and Nov. 2 general elections.

D’Alessandro ( is challenging incumbent US Congressman Stephen Lynch ( in the ninth congressional district, which includes parts of Forest Hills and Woodbourne as well as Boston neighborhoods to the south and surrounding suburbs.

The winner of that race will face the winner of the Republican Primary, which is being contested between Vernon Harrison ( and Keith Lepor (

The primary ballots will also include statewide races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State State Treasurer and State Auditor. For a list of Democratic and Republican candidates in those races, and for more information about voting times and locations, see the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s web site,

In Jamaica Plain, at least one polling location has changed. The Curtis Hall Community Center at 20 South St. is closed for renovations, so that polling location has been moved to the Agassiz School at 20 Child St.

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