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Walczak ad proclaims anti-casino stance

Bill Walczak is hoping to draw a sharp distinction between himself and the other candidates over a proposed Boston casino.
David L. Ryan/Globe Staff
Bill Walczak is hoping to draw a sharp distinction between himself and the other candidates over a proposed Boston casino.

Do you want a casino, along with the problems it could create?

That question is posed at the start of a new televised ad by mayoral candidate Bill Walczak, who is hoping to draw a sharp distinction between himself and the other candidates over a proposed Boston casino. The ad, Walczak’s third of the campaign, began airing Monday on cable and local stations in Greater Boston, including on NECN during the first and only televised debate.

The ad opens with an animation of a spinning slot machine. After the narrator poses the question, the slot machine stops, showing images of six candidates who support a Boston casino: John Barros, former executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative; former state representative Charlotte Golar Richie; state Representative Martin J. Walsh; and city councilors Felix Arroyo, Mike Ross, and Rob Consalvo.


The machine rolls again, showing a question mark and images of Daniel Conley, the Suffolk district attorney, and John Connolly, another councilor. “These two candidates can’t make up their minds,’’ the announcer says.

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The next image shown is of Walczak, who the announcer says is the only mayoral contender who has said he will stop the casinos.

“This ad is simple and draws a sharp contrast between candidates in this race,” Darek Barcikowski, Walczak’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “There is no other issue in this race that is as divisive as the casino issue, and we want to make it clear Bill is the only candidate opposed to a casino in Boston.”


In video, Ross recalls lessons learned from parents

Mayoral candidate and Councilor Michael Ross tells voters about his family’s history over a somber-sounding piano track in the first of what his campaign promises will be a series of Web videos.


The three-minute video starts with Ross talking about his father, a Holocaust survivor whom he calls “by far the proudest American I’ve ever met.” Ross’s father came to the country as an orphan. For 40 years, he worked as Boston street worker, “pouring his broken life into the lives of other broken people,” Ross says in the video.

During the video, Ross sits in a chair, the camera angle switching between a wide shot and close-ups. A photo of Ross with his father is shown as he talks about the work his father did, and as he begins speaking about his mother, a photo of the two of them is shown.

“My mother has taught me so much also,” Ross said. “My mother is a 71-year-old openly gay woman. When you’re growing up, you don’t want to stand out. You don’t want to be different. It was bad enough that my parents were divorced, but when I figured out that my mother was gay, I mean that was tough.”

Cruel schoolyard taunts about his mother’s sexuality are one reason Ross cites for his belief in antibullying programs.


Candidates’ schedules provided by the campaigns

Felix G. Arroyo


7:45 a.m. — Meets voters at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 456 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester.

9:30 — Meets voters at Mildred Avenue School, 5 Mildred Ave., Mattapan.

1:00 p.m. — Participates in a mayoral forum at The Boston Globe, 135 Morrissey Blvd.,

3:00 — Talks to residents at Covenant House, 30 Washington St., Brighton, about his vision for Boston.

6:15 — Participates in an NAACP mayoral forum at the Kroc Center, 650 Dudley St., Dorchester.

Rob Consalvo

2:30 p.m. — Meets with voters at Sherrill House senior center, 135 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain.

3:45 — Meets with voters at Harborlight senior center, 804 East Seventh St., South Boston.

5:30 — Attends Coalition for Community Groups forum, Roxbury Community College, Roxbury.

6:15 — NAACP voter forum, Kroc Center.

Michael Ross

10:30 a.m. — Speaking at Environment Massachusetts press conference, LoPresti Park, East Boston.

2:00 p.m. — East Boston senior center visits: Cheverus School Apartments, 10 Moore St.; Barnes School Elderly Housing, 127 Marion St.; Lyman School Apartments, 30 Gove St.

7:30 — Meet-and-greet event at Merengue Restaurant, 156-160 Blue Hill Ave., Roxbury.

Bill Walczak

6:15 p.m. — NAACP voter forum, Kroc Center

For more coverage of the mayor’s race, including profiles of candidates, go to bostonglobe.com/mayor.