|Elections in Massachusetts|
The Boston mayoral election of 1979 occurred on Tuesday, November 6, 1979, between Mayor Kevin White and state senator Joseph F. Timilty. This was the second election in a row between White and Timilty. White once again defeated Timilty and was elected to a fourth term.
The nonpartisan municipal preliminary election was held on September 25, 1979.
- Joseph F. Timilty, member of the Massachusetts Senate since 1972. Member of the Boston City Council from 1967 to 1971.
- Kevin White, Mayor of Boston since 1968, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth from 1961 to 1967.
Candidates eliminated in preliminary
- Luis F. Castro, member of the Socialist Workers Party.
- David Finnegan, member of the Boston School Committee since 1975.
- Mel King, Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1973.
- Laurence R. Sherman, member of the U.S. Labor Party.
|Candidates||Preliminary Election||General Election|
|Kevin White (incumbent)||50,272||42.39||78,048||54.82|
|Joseph F. Timilty||33,026||27.85||64,269||45.14|
|Laurence R. Sherman||297||0.25|
|Luis F. Castro||199||0.17|
- Boston Mayor Race - Nov 06, 1979 at ourcampaigns.com
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