Hillers to help decide mayoral race Nov. 7

Mission Hill voters will head to the polls on Nov. 7 to help decide the mayoral race between Mayor Martin Walsh and City Councilor Tito Jackson.

But Jackson will need to make up a lot of ground in the waning moments of the race if he is going make the contest competitive. During the preliminary election, Walsh garnered 63 percent of voters to Jackson’s 29 percent. The latest polls have Walsh’s lead around that margin, meaning Jackson will need a historic comeback to top the mayor on Nov. 7.

Hillers Plain voters will also weigh in on the at-large city council race. The candidates Domingos DaRosa, William A. King, Althea Garrison, and Pat Payaso will face incumbents Michael Flaherty, Annissa Essaibi George, Ayanna Pressley, and Michelle Wu. The top four vote getters will receive an at-large city councilor seat.

Most Mission Hillers will have a competitive district city council race to vote on, while some will not. City Councilor Josh Zakim of District 8, which covers most of the Mission Hill area, faces off against Fenway resident Kristen Mobilia. Those voters living in the triangle of area formed by Huntington Avenue and Parker Street near Sweeney Field in the Mission Hill area will help decide the District 7 seat. Kim Janey will face off against Rufus J. Faulk to see who will replace Jackson, who opted to forgo a reelection campaign in order for a chance to become mayor.

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

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