Garrison Raises Eyebrows At Roxbury Candidates Forum

The event was hosted by Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD, in the Thelma Burns Building in Roxbury.

Aisha Washington, deputy director of legislative affairs for ABCD, said the forum was especially important in light of low voter turnout in the preliminary municipal election.

“Boston is the biggest city in the commonwealth, and we drive a lot of initiatives that spread throughout the state. So, the more people who have their voices heard here can have wide impacts across the commonwealth.”

The event was moderated by WCVB City Line Host Karen Holmes Ward.


Roxbury At Large Candidate Forum Eight candidates for Boston’s At-Large City Council seats prepare for a forum in Roxbury

Photo credit: Saraya Wintersmith/WGBH News

Boston City Councilor Althea Garrison took aim at fellow councilors — and at the area of the South End known as “Methadone Mile” — Tuesday night. Her comments came during a forum for at-large city council candidates in Roxbury.

“I am the independent candidate councilor,” she declared in response to the first question: What makes you stand out from the other candidates?

“Michelle Wu goes around and she pretends like she is doing good things, but she’s not doing very good things for the public,” she said, referring to Councilor Michelle Wu’s proposal for residential parking permits fees as a tax. “Maybe she can address that tonight.”

Wu addressed the criticism indirectly.