Multiple members of Boston’s delegation in the Masachusetts statehouse said Monday that state approval looks likely for the cancellation of a special mayoral election that after Mayor Marty Walsh’s resigns to become U.S. labor secretary.
If the current election schedule goes forward, the city would potentially hold four contests — a special election, the regularly scheduled November contest, and preliminary elections preceding each — within five months.
But unless the legislature approves Boston’s request, the city can’t do away with a special election. That got us here at GBH’s Curiosity Desk to ask why.
“State and local relationships is one of the least understood, least paid attention to, but one of the longest-running tensions in the United States,” said University of Nebraska Professor Emeritus Dale Krane, author of “Home Rule: A Fifty-State Handbook.”
The tension Krane refers to is over the question of who has authority on local matters. And he said that at the outset of…
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