JPNC elections Saturday

Jamaica Plain residents over 16 will go to the polls Sat. Sept. 12 for the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) elections.

Polling places will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jamaica Plain World’s Fair in Hyde Square, J.P. Licks at 659 Centre St. and the Forest Hills T Station.

There are 22 candidates for 20 seats in this year’s election. The council has five seats for representatives from three districts: Area A (Hyde/Jackson/Egleston Square areas); Area B (east of Centre Street between Egleston Square and Forest Hills); and Area C (Pondside, Jamaica Hills, Forest Hills and Woodbourne.)

There are also five seats for neighborhood-wide, or “at-large,” JPNC members.

Voters in Area B will have nine candidates to choose from, and there are six candidates running for at-large seats.

The JPNC brings “together a cross-section of the economically, ethnically, geographically and otherwise diverse Jamaica Plain community to make decisions and recommendations regarding development, service delivery, youth affairs, and other public issues in our shared neighborhood…offer[ing] the people of Jamaica Plain, including youth of all ages, the opportunity to participate fully and directly in governing neighborhood affairs,” council bylaws say.

JPNC candidate biographical statements were published in the Aug. 28 issue of the Gazette and are available at

David Taber

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