Campbell, Jackson top vote getters in the preliminary election

October 2, 2015
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District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey’s longtime tenure might be in jeopardy after being topped by Andrea Campbell in the City’s preliminary election on Sept. 8, according to City results.

Meanwhile, District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson cruised to a first-place finish.

Most Mission Hill residents did not have a competitive race to vote on, as District 8 City Councilor Josh Zakim, who represents most of the neighborhood, ran unopposed for the preliminary. Zakim also does not have an opponent for the general election. Some residents who live in a triangle of area formed by Huntington Avenue and Parker Street near Sweeney Field were able to vote on the District 7 race.

About 7 percent of voters turned out to the polls on Sept. 8. Campbell collected a commanding 58 percent of voters, which seems to spell trouble for Yancey, who garnered 34 percent. Yancey was first elected to the Council in 1983. The two will now face each other in the City’s general election in November.

District 4 had two other challengers: Terrance Williams (6 percent) and Jovan Lacet (2 percent).

Jackson trounced his competition in the District 7 race, garnering 66 percent of voters. Charles Clemons took second place with 18 percent, followed by Haywood Fennell (5 percent), Althea Garrison (5 percent), Roy Owens (3 percent) and Kevin Dwire (2 percent). Jackson will go against Clemons in November for the District 7 seat.

There are only five candidates for the At-Large City Council race. That means that there was not a preliminary election for that race and all candidates will appear on the November ballot. The top four vote getters receive a seat on the Council. The candidates are Annisa Essaibi George, Current At-Large City Councilors Stephen Murphy, Michael Flaherty, Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu.

 

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