Essaibi-George, Campbell voted new members on Council

The number of women on the City Council has doubled, as Andrea Campbell beat out longtime District 4 City Councilor Charles Yancey and Annissa Essaibi-George edged out incumbent Stephen Murphy for the last At-Large seat in the Nov. 3 election, according to unofficial City results.

In the only other competitive Council race in Jamaica Plain, District 7 seat-holder Tito Jackson cruised to an easy reelection victory.

About 14 percent of registered voters participated in the Nov. 3 election.

There were only five candidates for the four At-Large City Council seats. Ayanna Pressley was the top vote getter, garnering 24 percent, followed by Michelle Wu (22 percent), Michael Flaherty (20 percent) and newcomer Essaibi-George (18 percent). Murphy, who has been on the Council for more than 15 years, had his tenure ended after collecting 15 percent.

Campbell made it look easy knocking off the longest current serving Council member. She won 61 percent of votes to Yancey’s 38 percent. Yancey was first elected to the Council in 1983. District 4 covers parts of Forest Hills and Woodbourne.

Jackson easily retained his District 7 seat, which covers parts of Egleston Square. He took 67 percent of votes to Charles Clemons’ 32 percent.

Jamaica Plain City Councilor Matt O’Malley won reelection handily, especially since he had no challenger.


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