Michael F. Flaherty

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Michael F. Flaherty
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At Large Boston City Councilor
Assumed office
January 2014
Preceded byJohn R. Connolly and Felix G. Arroyo
At Large Boston City Councilor
In office
January 2000 – January 2010
Preceded byDapper O'Neil
Succeeded byAyanna Pressley and Felix G. Arroyo
President of the Boston City Council
In office
2002–2006
Preceded byCharles Yancey
Succeeded byMaureen Feeney
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Laurene Flaherty
ChildrenMichael has four children: Patrick, Michael III, and twins Elizabeth and Jack
ResidenceSouth Boston
Alma materBoston College (BA)
Boston University (JD)

Michael F. Flaherty (born 1969) is an at-large member of the Boston City Council. Flaherty is a member of the United States Democratic Party. He was elected Boston City Council Vice President in 2001 and Boston City Council President from 2002 to 2006. He became the subject of media attention in 2019 after stating that he owns 5 personal vehicles and believes that Boston's parking problems are due to the size of MBTA bus stops.

Biography[edit]

Flaherty is from South Boston. His father, Michael F. Flaherty, Sr., is a former associate justice of the Boston Municipal Court and a former state representative. He is a graduate of Boston College High School and Boston College, and earned his law degree at Boston University. Prior to being elected to the Council in 1999, he was an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

City Council[edit]

Flaherty was first elected to the council in November 1999, as an at-large member. He was then re-elected to multiple two-year terms, serving through 2009. He did not run for re-election in November 2009, as he was running for Mayor of Boston. He was the top vote-getter in the city council at-large race in 2003, 2005, and 2007. His margin of victory in 2005 over first runner-up Felix D. Arroyo was 5,671 votes, the widest margin since the council was restructured in 1983. In the November 2013 election, Flaherty returned to the council as an at-large member. He has subsequently been re-elected in the November 2015 and November 2017 elections.

Flaherty gained media attention in April 2019 by way of his comments regarding a proposal to charge for resident parking permits. In a City Council hearing on the issue, he stated that bus stop spacing and stop length were a major cause of the city's parking woes and instead suggested coordinating with the MBTA to start a conversation about removing some of them. His comments were met with backlash from the public and transportation advocates, with many pointing to his ownership of five cars in a city as the real problem.[1][2][3] The Twitter hashtag "#FiveCarFlaherty" was used by many to voice their opposition to his comments.[1][2]

Boston mayoral campaign[edit]

Flaherty announced on January 25, 2009, that he was running for Mayor of Boston.[4][5] He raised more than $600,000 for his campaign.[6] According to The Boston Globe, only 9% of Flaherty's contributions came from out-of-state, compared to fellow candidate Sam Yoon's 58%.[7]

After finishing second to incumbent Thomas Menino in the preliminary election in September, Flaherty was defeated by Menino in the general election on November 3, 2009. Flaherty lost by the smallest margin (57% to 42%) of anyone who ran against Menino in a mayoral race.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kelly, Meghan B. (April 26, 2019). "A Boston City Councilor Reveals He Has 5 Cars. Twitter Freaked Out". WBUR-FM. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Buell, Spencer (April 25, 2019). "City Councilor With Five Cars Thinks Boston Has Too Many Bus Stops". Boston. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Sutherland, Brooks (April 24, 2019). "Parking permit proposal draws mixed reaction from Boston neighborhoods". Boston Herald. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  4. ^ Drake, John C. (January 26, 2009). "Flaherty starts his mayoral quest". The Boston Globe. p. A.1. Retrieved March 2, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  5. ^ "Here is an email from At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty, announcing his candidacy for Mayor of Boston". wickedlocal.com. January 26, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Drake, John C.; Collette, Matt (2009-02-09). "Yoon launches a pioneering bid for mayor". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  7. ^ Drake, John C. (2009-02-04). "Yoon's out-of-state support bankrolls a possible run". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-05-13.

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Preceded by
Charles Yancey
President of the Boston City Council
2002–2006
Succeeded by
Maureen Feeney