Politics

2017 Election Voter Guide

Election Day is here. We’ve been publishing profiles on all the candidates running for office in the Nov. 7 elections, and are putting those profiles in one place so you can do your last-minute research before hitting the polls. There are several contested races, including a mayoral challenger to 14-year incumbent Joseph Curtatone. Seven candidates are […]


Mayor Joseph Curtatone On His Re-election Bid

What should we know about you? I was born and raised in Somerville, part of an immigrant family that came here from Gaeta, Italy. In my youth, my parents worked in area factories, cut hair, drove a snow plow, and ran a nursing home. I attended Somerville High School, where I was in the marching […]


Get to Know Payton Corbett

What should we know about you? I’m a 13-year resident of Somerville and I currently live in Ward 1 with my wife, Jenny. Like the majority of Somerville residents, we are renters and understand the challenges that working families in this city are facing. I’m an elected officer of my local union and I serve […]


Board of Aldermen Candidate Profiles, Wards 4-7

Tony Lafuente is leaving his Ward 4 seat open for next term, and two candidates—Jesse Clingan and Omar Boukili—are looking to fill the void. Mark Niedergang of Ward 5, Lance Davis of Ward 6, and Katjana Ballantyne of Ward 7 are running unopposed for reelection. Scout is putting together profiles on all candidates running for […]


Bernie Sanders to Campaign with Local Candidates

Senator Bernie Sanders will join Somerville and Cambridge’s Our Revolution groups on Monday to support several candidates who are running for local office. The two Our Revolution groups have endorsed 17 candidates running for Cambridge’s City Council and Somerville’s Board of Aldermen and School Committee. “Local Our Revolution groups in Somerville and Cambridge have been […]


Board of Aldermen Candidate Profiles, Wards 1-3

Wards 1, 2, and 3 are all seeing contested elections for aldermen seats this November. The newcomers challenging Ward 1 Alderman Matthew McLaughlin, Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston, and Ward 3 Alderman Robert McWatters are Elio LoRusso, J.T. Scott, and Ben Ewen-Campen. Scout is putting together profiles on all candidates running for office so voters […]


Alderman-at-Large Candidate Profiles

Seven candidates are vying for the Board of Aldermen’s four at-large seats this November. Scout is putting together profiles on all candidates running for office so voters can get informed about the slate of people who could shape Somerville for the next two years. The newcomers challenging four incumbents are Will Mbah, Kevin Tarpley, and Stephanie […]


School Committee Candidate Profiles

Three newcomers are breaking into this year’s School Committee race. Emily Ackman and Kenneth Salvato will vy for the Ward 1 seat, left open by Steven Roix, and Susan McDonald-Nionakis is looking to oust Ward 2 School Committee member Dan Futrell. Election Day is Nov. 7, and the last day to register to vote is […]


Juliet Owner Advocates for $15 State Minimum Wage

As the fight for a $15 minimum wage heats up in the state legislature, Juliet’s Katrina Jazayeri has emerged as one of the business owners advocating for the boost. Supporters of the change argue that the state’s current minimum, $11 an hour, doesn’t constitute a living wage. While Massachusetts currently ties Washington for the highest […]


It’s Preliminary Election Day

Tuesday, Sept. 19 is preliminary election day in Somerville. Voters will narrow the mayoral and ward 1 school committee races down to two candidates. Kenneth C. Van Buskirk III and Payton Corbett are looking to oust seven-term incumbent mayor Joseph Curtatone. Curtatone became mayor in 2004 after serving as alderman-at-large for eight years, while Buskirk’s background […]



Mayor Curtatone Promises Somerville Will Remain “A Sanctuary For All”

Following President Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he intends to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities throughout the country, Mayor Joe Curtatone addressed the public at City Hall regarding Somerville’s sanctuary status. In his remarks, he vowed that the city would not waver in its commitment to protecting its citizens, doubling down on earlier promises to stand by the immigrant […]