2018 elections bring out expanding cast of candidates

DA departure sets off political chain reaction

Yawu Miller | 3/7/2018, 10:39 a.m.
With a special election looming for the 1st Suffolk Senate district seat recently vacated by Linda Dorcena Forry, Conley’s surprise ...
Gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez appeals to voters during Dorchester’s Ward 17 Democratic Caucus. Jennifer Smith/ Courtesy of Dorchester Reporter

DA and other races

Turnout may also be crucial for the three declared candidates for the Suffolk County district attorney seat: Carvalho, former defense attorney Shannon McAuliffe, and prosecutor and former teacher Greg Henning. All three are running on reform platforms that emphasize criminal justice reform.

“The role of a prosecutor has changed,” says Henning. “I believe a DA makes a difference. But the only way to make that difference work is to know how the system works.”

Carvalho, who has been criss-crossing the district, which includes Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop, says the position can play a critical role in effecting the criminal justice reforms he has championed as a member of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus.

“The criminal justice system as a whole heavily impacts people of color,” he said. “I’ve seen it as a prosecutor, as an elected official and as someone who grew up here.”

Also said to be mulling a run are former state and federal prosecutor Rachael Rollins, who is a past president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, and At-large City Councilor Michael Flaherty.

Turnout will also be key to the political future of At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who is taking on incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in the 7th Congressional District,

As for the gubernatorial race, the three Democratic candidates — former Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez, activist and author Bob Massie, and former Newton Mayor Setti Warren — are making rounds at Democratic Caucus meetings, seeking support for delegates to the party’s state convention.