Larry Bird Division Round 1 Voting -- Comment Thread

Tuesday we turn to the Larry Bird Division of the great Boston Mayoral Madness Challenge, with voting again open from midnight to midnight. Feel free to use this post to argue, question, complain, and electioneer — and of course vote, in the right-hand column of the blog.

My quick overview of the Bird Division:

The top seed in this division, city councilor Rob Consalvo, is the obvious choice if Boston is looking for another hard-working Italian-American from Hyde Park with underestimated political skills. The 16 seed Michael Joseph Donovan, who has been Suffolk County Civil Clerk of Courts since 1976, is one of several in this division who could play trusted long-timer against the top-seeded Gen-Xers like Consalvo.

Brand-new Register of Suffolk County Probate Court Patty Campatelli and 28-year office-holder Bill Galvin currently Secretary of the Commonwealth — make for an intriguing 8 vs. 9 seed match-up.

Two state representatives face off in the 5 vs. 12 match-up. Jeffrey Sanchez is said to be interested in running, but you have to wonder whether he gets overshadowed if Felix Arroyo gets in. Aaron Michlewitz of the North End was one of the Phoenix's Beacon Hill's Most Beautiful, but that might not be enough.

For the past year or two, somebody has certainly been pushing the idea of Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Rich Davey as a future Boston mayor; now we'll see how serious that talk was.
His first-round match-up is former congressman Joe Kennedy II. Everybody swears "Joe4Oil" has no interest in ever running for office again — hence his low seed — but you can't rule him out.

Akamai CEO Paul Sagan has got to be the most highly credentialed person around, but would need to ramp up his name-recognition from zero to competitive in a big hurry. He's the 6 seed, and faces the legendary city councilor Charles Yancey.

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority executive director James Rooney has been pretty open about his interest in running for mayor; don't forget, he was once chief of staff to one Thomas M. Menino, so the guy's got contacts as well as credentials. He's the 3 seed; the 14 seed has no small Rolodex either — Gail Snowden
, CEO of Freedom House,has held high positions at Fleet Foundation and The Boston Foundation.

City council president Stephen Murphy — whose to-run-or-not-to-run dilemma made the Herald — comes in at a 7 seed, and faces Karmaloop founder Greg Selkoe. who would have to withdraw his support for John Connolly to get in the race himself.

The 2 seed in this division, Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety and former Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral, might have been ranked a little high to begin with. Now that she has told the Globe she won't run, she definitely is. The 15 seed hoping to take advantage is Reverend Ray Hammond of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, who has an impeccable CV for the job, but is probably too conservative on social issues to win it

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