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4th candidate Tom Sheff enters the mayors race

2013 June 11
by Jerry Reilly

tom sheffIt’s been a given all along that Mayor Setti Warren would be running for reelection.

About a week or so, political novice Jackie Gauvreau Sequeira threw her hat and the ring.  She’s best known for having been an early whistle blower in the Catholic priest scandal.  In recent years she’s been a very outspoken critic of the mayor.

A few days ago, Ted Hess-Mahan entered both the mayor’s race and for reelection as Ward 3’s Alderman at Large. Aside from his 10 years as an alderman, his chairmanship of the Land Use Committee, and serving on the Program & Services as well as the Rules Subcommittee, he’s known around these parts for his frequent, and often very funny posts on Village14 as well as his musical performances.

Tonight, at Anatol Zukerman’s going away party, Jackie Gauvreau Sequeira was collecting signatures from the crowd.  Later in the evening, a newcomer to the party began collecting signatures for Tom Sheff for mayor.  I missed his name but he’s a long time friend and supporter of Tom Sheff and said that Tom is definitely in the race.  Mr. Sheff ran for mayor in 2005 and most recently ran for the Governor’s Council this past election.

It’s beginning to look like Boston’s mayors race.  How many more candidates are there in the wings?



4 Responses Post a comment
  1. Tom Sheff permalink
    June 12, 2013 01:01 AM

    Jerry. thanks for posting this….you guys are on top of everything. The guy you mentioned was Bob Conley and I’ll tell you what I keep telling him, I might run. It’s nowhere definite.
    With the addition of Ted Hess-Mahan (thanks, Ted for running…not kidding) there will be a lot of attention to this race. I don’t see that Ted and the Mayor have significant differences in finances. To me, finances is the big issue and I would hate to have this election period come and go without having debates and discussions focusing around Newton’s financial future, especially OPEB plans.
    The reason why I hesitate getting involved is that I don’t want to be running in another election all by myself. If I feel I can’t generate any energy around my campaign and I can’t get volunteers to help out I won’t bother trying.
    Elections are won by the people around the candidate, not by the candidate him/herself. This election is not about the candidates, it’s about what we want as a community and who can get us there.
    If anyone wants to talk about the campaign, please feel free to email me at and I’ll give you my phone number and we’ll talk (even if you have negative things to say, all are welcome).

    Also, I want to apologize to Anatol for not making his event, I thought the party was next week….sorry.
    See, I need volunteers to help me remember.

  2. Ted Hess-Mahan permalink
    June 12, 2013 06:48 AM

    Welcome, Tom. It is good to have company.

    I expect you and I are not so far apart on important issues like charter reform and maybe reducing the size of the board of aldermen, so I look forward to engaging with you on the issues.

    Best of luck to all of us.

  3. Gail Spector permalink
    June 12, 2013 08:23 AM

    Great scoop Jerry! Welcome to the race Tom.

  4. June 13, 2013 06:06 PM

    Hurray to Sheffy!!!

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