SIX OF Boston's nine district city councilors face challenges in the Nov. 8 election. The Globe offers these endorsements:
District 2 includes South Boston, the South End, and Chinatown -- three of the city's most dynamic neighborhoods -- and this year voters have an opportunity to reflect that mood of change. The South End's Susan Passoni will bring the informed perspective of an investment analyst to the issues of city government. A 10-year resident and activist, she has gained expertise on development and ground water issues and has served on the board of Building Excellent Schools, which aids in the creation of charter schools. Passoni would be a better fit for this diverse district than James Kelly, the 22-year incumbent.
Another councilor with more than two decades of service, District 4's Charles Yancey, deserves reelection. While sometimes faulted for taking his eye off of local issues in Mattapan and part of Dorchester, Yancey has fought successfully to build many of the key institutions in the neighborhood, including community centers and the Mattapan police station. Yancey's years of strong advocacy for a new Mattapan library should soon bear fruit. Next on the councilor's agenda is a new high school for the district.
District 6 Councilor John Tobin is adept at promoting new ideas while providing old-fashioned constituent services for residents in West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. Tobin has played a key role in bringing WiFi Internet access to the neighborhoods and is fighting to expand the use of green technology in public buildings. Tobin, the chairman of the council's education committee, also is working to solve one of the city's oldest and thorniest problems: how to assign students in ways that promote educational equity while saving transportation dollars that could be redirected to the classroom.
District 9 Councilor Jerry McDermott disappointed many this fall with a misguided attempt to bump a challenger off the ballot. But he has performed well for Allston-Brighton residents during his first full term in office. He stood up for families earlier this year when the Archdiocese of Boston closed a popular parochial school in the district with little warning for families. And he held
In District 3, which encompasses eastern and southern Dorchester, incumbent Maureen Feeney deserves reelection for her strong record of constituent services and her longtime support for the city library system.
The North End, Charlestown, and East Boston will be well served by the reelection of District 1 Councilor Paul Scapicchio. He has worked hard to insure that city residents will get preference for new housing built with linkage funds so they can remain in their communities of choice.