All of the six major declared candidates for Mayor of Boston have taken out their Nomination Papers this week, with five of the six taking them on the first day of their availability, April 13, and Acting Mayor Kim Janey pulling papers this week on Wednesday afternoon.
The Boston Election Department showed that 13 people had taken out papers for the mayoral campaign, including the declared candidates John Barros, Councilor Andrea Campbell, Councilor Annissa Essaibi George, State Rep. Jon Santiago, Acting Mayor Kim Janey and Councilor Michelle Wu.
Janey was the only major candidate not to take out papers on the first day they were available, but she did so this week, saying there is great work to do.
“The work ahead of us requires bold leadership — and we’re just getting started,” stated Janey on her social media page.
Others taking out papers included Michael Bianchi of Brighton; Robert Cappucci of East Boston; Joao DePina of Dorchester; Roy Owens Sr. of Roxbury; Richard Spagnuolo of the North End; Patrick Williams of Dorchester; and William John Morgan Jr. of Mattapan.
Candidates for mayor and City Council have until May 11 to get their Nomination Papers, though many do it on the very first day, and must file them by the end of business on May 18 in order to appear on the September Preliminary Election Ballot.
Mayoral candidates must get 3,000 signatures of registered voters in Boston. At-large councilors must get 1,500 signatures and a District Councilor must get 200 signatures.
For Jamaica Plain, in District 6, there is an open seat as Councilor Matt O’Malley announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election. As of this week, four potential candidates had pulled Nomination Papers. They included Winnie Eke of West Roxbury; Kendra Hicks of Jamaica Plain; Kelly Ransom of Jamaica Plain; and Mary Tamer of West Roxbury.
The at-large Council race will have a full slate, with two seats vacated due to Wu and Essaibi George running for mayor.
Councilors Michael Flaherty and Julie Mejia have pulled Nomination Papers and are running for re-election.
Already, declared candidates Kelly Bates of Hyde Park; Alexander Gray of Jamaica Plain; David Halbert of Dorchester; Ruthzee Louijeune of Hyde Park; and Erin Murphy of Dorchester had taken out papers.
They were joined by new names in James Colimon of Roslindale; Domingos DaRosa of Hyde Park; Raymond Vasquez of Dorchester; Althea Garrison of Dorchester; Bridget Nee-Walsh of South Boston; Roy Owens Sr. of Roxbury; Donnie Palmer of Brighton; Nick Vance of Hyde Park; Patrick Williams of Dorchester; Said Abdikarim of Roxbury; and Carla Monteiro of Dorchester.