Walsh cruises to re-election victory, wins on the Hill

December 1, 2017
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Mayor Martin Walsh cruised to an easy re-election victory, defeating City Councilor Tito Jackson during the Nov. 7 general election, according to City results. About 28 percent of registered voters participated in the election.

Walsh garnered 70,187 votes, or 65 percent of voters, while Jackson collected 36,472 votes, or 34 percent of voters. On Mission Hill, Walsh won 1,121 votes to Jackson’s 715.

In the race for an at-large city councilor seat, all four incumbents were re-elected. Michelle Wu was the top vote getter, collecting 65,040 votes, or 24 percent of voters. Following her were Ayanna Pressley (22 percent), Michael Flaherty (19 percent), and Annissa Essaibi George (17 percent). Althea Garrison finished in fifth place with 7 percent, meaning if one of the four at-large councilors leaves, she will fill the vacant seat. Domingos DaRosa (4 percent), William A. King (3 percent), and Pat Payaso (2 percent) rounded out the at-large race.

Most Mission Hillers had a competitive district city council race to vote on, while some did not. City Councilor Josh Zakim of District 8, which covers most of the Mission Hill area, defeated Fenway resident Kristen Mobilia. Zakim collected 4,000 votes, or 67 percent of voters, while Mobilia won 1,936 votes, or 32 percent of voters. Those voters living in the triangle of area formed by Huntington Avenue and Parker Street near Sweeney Field in the Mission Hill area helped decide the District 7 seat. Kim Janey faced off against Rufus J. Faulk to see who would replace Jackson, who opted to forgo a reelection campaign in order for a chance to become mayor. Janey defeated Faulk, garnering 55 percents of voters (4,942 votes) to Faulk’s 43 percent (3,856 votes).

City Councilor Matt O’Malley of District 6, which represents a portion of Back of the Hill, did not have a challenger on Nov. 7.

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