District 6 special election date set

David Taber

Primary, Oct 19; Election, Nov. 16

The special election to fill the district 6 Boston City Council seat recently vacated by John Tobin will take place Nov. 16, city election department officials told the Gazette last week.

So far three candidates—Jamaica Plain residents Matt O’Malley and Sean Ryan and West Roxbury resident Jim Hennigan—have officially requested papers to begin the signature-gathering process to get their names on the ballot. All three had previously told the Gazette they were running for the seat, which serves most of Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury and a small part of Mission Hill.

If all three are successful, or if other potential candidates collect enough signatures by the August 19 deadline to qualify for the ballot, a primary will be held Oct. 19 to winnow the field down to two candidates.

Aug. 16 is the last day for potential candidates to register their intent to run for the seat.

The deadline to register to vote in the primary is Sept. 29. The deadline for the final election is Oct. 27.

Tobin, a West Roxbury resident who was first elected to City Council in 2001, resigned as of July 30 to take a position as governmental liaison at Northeastern University.

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