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Annissa Essaibi George and Michelle Wu focus on issues as political ads turn “negative” ahead of Election Day

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The Boston mayors’ race, which started with a warm hug, has turned into the sordid antics of assault notices and cease and desist orders in the dwindling hours leading up to election day, but both contestants say they are still very focused on the issues that matter most to voters most important.

“This is a time when we need to focus on the future of the city and big issues that our residents across Boston are talking about – housing costs, our recovery from this pandemic and schools, and action on climate change.” that we are resilient, “Wu told reporters as he attended a Halloween party in the North End on Sunday afternoon. “Politics can focus on whatever you want in this last section.”

The race between councilors and mayoral candidates Wu and Annissa Essaibi-George turned hostile last week when an ad by Bostonians for Real Progress Independent Expenditure Political Action Committee, which supports Essaibi-George, blew up.

The Wu campaign responded to the “defamatory” ad alleging that Wu and her husband had been helped by “property investors” to buy their home in Roslindale by telling television networks not to run the ad through a lawyer.

But the mayoral front runner wouldn’t bite when she was asked by a Herald reporter on Sunday what her campaign would do if the ads went on anyway.

“A team is concerned to ensure that we respond appropriately to false and negative statements that arise during this phase. I’ll be there to make sure we focus on talking about what’s at stake here – the issues affecting our residents, ”said Wu.

Essaibi-George, who also joined Trick-or-Treater on Hannoverstrasse, distanced herself from the complaint and said she could “not coordinate” and “cannot speak to them”.

“Unfortunately, it’s something I can’t control,” she said.

Essaibi-George asked the PACs at the start of the race to stay out of the race – a request that the two PACs who supported them ignored.

But the former Boston Public Schools teacher quickly turned the conversation back to the issues and said, “My focus is on putting real guidelines in place so we can be ready to serve the people of Boston on the first day of my term in office.”

A growing homeless camp, known for its open-air drug use near the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard, was a major problem in the race. Acting Mayor Kim Janey has begun to clear the tents and evacuate intruders – both candidates agreed that it is a step in the right direction.

“As long as people are getting the services they need, are in suitable housing, and their belongings have not been trashed, I think this is the way to go,” said Essaibi-George.

Wu is up about 30 points in multiple polls, but Essaibi-George said she isn’t giving in despite her progressive opponent’s high polls.

“I am very confident. We know our numbers and we suppress our votes, ”said Essaibi-George.

Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday. The next mayor will be sworn in on November 16.

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