JPers to help decide mayoral race Nov. 7

Jamaica Plain 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 closing weeks 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 an impressive comeback to top the mayor on Nov. 7.

Jamaica 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.

Some Jamaica Plainers will have a competitive district city council race to vote in, while most will not. City Councilor Matt O’Malley of District 6, which represents most of Jamaica Plain, and City Councilor Andrea Joy Campbell of District 4, which covers parts of Forest Hills and Woodbourne, both do not have a challenger on Nov. 7.

But those voters living in a portion of Egleston Square 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.


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