As the closing of the polls drew near, residents made their way through a large contingent of sign bearers proclaiming their allegiance to various candidates to cast their ballots for the Boston City Council election at the Greek Orthodox Church on the corner Belgrade Avenue and Robert Street. Here are some of their comments.
---Glenn Williams, 55, who spent all day manning signs for his choices voted for incumbent Ayanna Pressley because, “I think she represent a segment of the city that doesn’t get heard---women of color---and she works tirelessly for the arts.”
---Colleen Keller, 25, said she voted for Pressley because, “We need a minority representative on the council. I see her out and about in the neighborhood and I like that.” She also voted for incumbent at-large councilor Felix Arroyo for the same reasons.
---Neal McCusker, 30, said he voted for incumbent John R. Connolly because his brother went to high school with him and he ran a youth sports program. “He’s a good guy.”
---Raquel Jacobson-Peregrino, 47, said she voted for Pressley because she speaks for people who aren’t spoken for. For those reasons, as well as the fact that she was his former science teacher, she voted for Arroyo. Another student of hers—Sean Ryan, also got her vote. “The council has got to represent the city and there has to be a balance of younger voices and experienced ones.”