The Mayoral seat and all thirteen seats on the Boston City Council are up for election this year. The primary occurs on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 and the final election on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. The City Council consists of four at large seats and nine district seats. The primary election for Mayor will narrow the field to two and voters will then choose one in November to serve as Boston’s Mayor from 2018-2022.
The Mayor of the City is elected every four years and the City Council Members every two years. The Mayoral candidates must obtain 3,000 valid voter signatures. The District Council candidates must obtain 200 signatures and the At Large candidates are required to obtain 1,500 signatures.
Mayor Martin Walsh was elected as Mayor in November 2013 and sworn in to office on January 2014. Mayor Walsh is running for his second term and is being challenged by three candidates. City Councilor Tito Jackson is running for Mayor. As Councilor, he represents all of Roxbury, parts of the South End, Dorchester, and Fenway neighborhoods.
Also running is Robert Cappucci a retired Boston Police Officer and Former Member of the School Committee and Joseph Wiley, a resident of East Boston who works in the Health Care Insurance field. This is his first time running for public office.
Issues of concern cited by the candidates include the cost of housing and the lack of affordable housing, homelessness, health care, education, and issues related to race relations.
Presently Mayor Walsh has a 31-point lead over his challenger Councilor Jackson, and with strong support from labor unions, Mayor Walsh is viewed as close to unbeatable. Councilor Jackson has strong support from his district, but is unknown in other parts of the city according to a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll (6/17).
There are three open District Councilor seats – District 1, District 2 and District 7. District 1 is being vacated by Councilor Sal Lamattina who represents the North End, East Boston, and Charlestown – there are five candidates running for this seat.
District 2 is being vacated by Councilor Bill Linehan who represents Downtown, the South End and South Boston. There are four candidates running for the District 2 seat including the son of former Mayor Ray Flynn. There are thirteen candidates running for the District 7 seat held by Councilor Tito Jackson.
The deadline to register for the preliminary election is September 6, 2017. The polling/voting locations will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00nnn p.m.
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