Election Endorsements Underscore Emotional Week

Former Senator Jack Hart, Harry Uhlman, Mark Rooney, Senator Nick Collins, Councilor Ed Flynn stopped at Medal of Honor Park to endorse Mark Rooney.

 

We are reminded in the late passing of Senator John McCain, the importance of electing dedicated public servants to office and urge South Bostonians to cast their votes in the coming election Tuesday September 4th. This year’s local and state elections bring new faces and veterans alike, and our endorsements we hope reflect upon quality of service and experience as critical factors in choices we the voters face.

We endorse Stephen Lynch as our loyal Congressman of the 8th district since 2001, who has made it his mission to keep us represented in Washington, and routinely shows in action his concern for South Boston. As a senior member in the House of Representatives Congressman Lynch has shown in depth knowledge on matters ranging from military and terrorism to labor and finance. We also feel that the Democratic party benefits greatly from Congressman Lynch’s understanding of the facts as well as his moderate point of view.

Closer to home, South Boston Online endorses its family member Mark Rooney for the Governor’s Council. While our endorsement of him stems from personal relations, we also believe the endorsement of many local community leaders (Senator Nick Collins, Councilor Ed Flynn, former Senator Jack Hart, among others) and the solid endorsements of major Boston first responders, speaks volumes for Mark’s ability to protect our neighborhoods by being vigilant advocate for public safety. We endorse Greg Henning from Dorchester, with long experience and multiple awards of service in fighting crime, his effective skill in anti-gang units and his clear record of education as our choice for District Attorney of Suffolk County.

The State Representative race between native sons Matt Rusteika and David Biele for 4th District finds two worthy candidates for which we would find difficulty preferring one over the other. While Biele’s emphasis upon transportation in South Boston and the Seaport resonates with the neighborhood, Rusteika, gets high marks for educational initiatives. We tip our hats to both of these candidates, knowing either one will serve the district well.

The popular, and long-standing Clerk of Courts Michael Donovan appears ever more attractive in that position, not merely for his depth of knowledge acquired over the years, but for the confidence the community has in him for his deep commitments and long-standing record of fairness and attention to the office. We find Steve Murphy to be similarly advantageous for his over 40 years of service- twenty years of which was on the Boston City Council where he served as its president for three terms- experience that well qualifies him to be Register of Deeds.

Jeanne Rooney

Jeanne Rooney is the Editor in Chief for South Boston Online.