1985 Boston City Council election

Boston City Council elections were held on November 5, 1985. Eleven seats (seven district representatives and four at-large members) were contested in the general election, as the incumbents in districts 4 and 5 were unopposed. Nine seats (the four at-large members, and districts 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9) had also been contested in the preliminary election held on September 10, 1985.

At-large[edit]

Councillors Dapper O'Neil, Joseph M. Tierney, Christopher A. Iannella, and Michael J. McCormack were re-elected.

Candidates[1] Preliminary Election[2] General Election[3]
Votes % Votes %
Dapper O'Neil 22,792 19.1% 36,686 18.8%
Joseph M. Tierney 17,014 14.3% 34,427 17.6%
Christopher A. Iannella 19,183 16.1% 33,883 17.3%
Michael J. McCormack 17,329 14.5% 27,976 14.3%
Frederick C. Langone 16,900 14.2% 26,365 13.5%
Michael W. Kane 10,018 8.4% 17,175 8.8%
Willie Mae Allen 6268 5.3% 12,533 6.4%
Althea Garrison 3565 3.0% 6402 3.3%
Kenneth C. Davis 2130 1.8%  
John P. Scialdone 1588 1.3%  
Richard A. Black 972 0.8%  
Little L. Pittman 808 0.7%  
Edward P. Malik 723 0.6%  

District 1[edit]

Councillor Robert Travaglini was re-elected.

Candidates[1] Preliminary Election[2] General Election[3]
Votes % Votes %
Robert Travaglini 3983 78.6% 5440 84.4%
Robert C. Jordan 626 12.4% 1004 15.6%
Joseph Sablone 459 9.1%  

District 2[edit]

Councillor James M. Kelly was re-elected.

Candidates[1] Preliminary Election[2] General Election[3]
Votes % Votes %
James M. Kelly 4836 62.2% 7028 62.4%
Bill Linehan 2701 34.7% 4242 37.6%
Ali J. Fiumedoro 244 3.1%  

District 3[edit]

Councillor James E. Byrne was re-elected.

Candidates[1] General Election[3]
Votes %
James E. Byrne 5828 86.2%
Arthur G. Murphy 935 13.8%

District 4[edit]

Councillor Charles Yancey ran unopposed and was re-elected.

Candidates[1] General Election[3]
Votes %
Charles Yancey 1934 100%

District 5[edit]

Councillor Thomas Menino ran unopposed and was re-elected.

Candidates[1] General Election[3]
Votes %
Thomas Menino 5745 100%

District 6[edit]

Councillor Maura Hennigan was re-elected.

Candidates[1] General Election[3]
Votes %
Maura Hennigan 6143 86.4%
Richard K. Whitney 964 13.6%

District 7[edit]

Councillor Bruce Bolling was re-elected.

Candidates[1] Preliminary Election[2] General Election[3]
Votes % Votes %
Bruce Bolling 1505 70.3% 2386 68.0%
Roy A. Owens 448 20.9% 1121 32.0%
Robert Polk 108 5.0%  
Charles H. Durant 80 3.7%  

District 8[edit]

Councillor David Scondras was re-elected.

Candidates[1] Preliminary Election[2] General Election[3]
Votes % Votes %
David Scondras 2472 67.4% 3195 64.6%
Judy Porteus 538 14.7% 1750 35.4%
Glenn Fiscus 457 12.5%  
Leslie F. Payne 202 5.5%  

District 9[edit]

Councillor Brian J. McLaughlin was re-elected.

Candidates[1] Preliminary Election[2] General Election[3]
Votes % Votes %
Brian J. McLaughlin 2275 45.4% 4192 55.6%
Richard M. Izzo 1869 37.3% 3353 44.4%
John F. Melia 784 15.6%  
Aramis Camps 82 1.6%  

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "O'NEIL TOPS HUB COUNCIL VOTE; NAME RECOGNITION A KEY FACTOR". The Boston Globe. September 11, 1985. Retrieved February 22, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "BOSTON RESULTS; PRELIMINARY ELECTION; CITY COUNCILOR AT LARGE". The Boston Globe. September 11, 1985. Retrieved February 22, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "BOSTON ELECTION RESULTS". The Boston Globe. November 6, 1985. Retrieved February 22, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.

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