1987 Boston City Council election

Boston City Council elections were held on November 3, 1987. Eleven seats (seven district representatives and four at-large members) were contested in the general election, as the incumbents in districts 3 and 6 were unopposed. Seven seats (the four at-large members, and districts 1, 8, and 9) had also been contested in the preliminary election held on September 22, 1987.

At-large[edit]

Councillors Dapper O'Neil, Christopher A. Iannella, and Michael J. McCormack were re-elected. Councillor Joseph M. Tierney did not seek re-election, as he ran for Mayor of Boston; he was defeated by incumbent Raymond Flynn in the general election. Rosaria Salerno won the final at-large seat.

Candidates[1] Preliminary Election[2][3] General Election[4]
Votes % Votes %
Dapper O'Neil 29,052 16.3% 47,817 17.0%
Christopher A. Iannella 23,906 13.4% 45,472 16.1%
Rosaria Salerno 19,346 10.8% 39,089 13.9%
Michael J. McCormack 16,793 9.4% 36,326 12.9%
Joseph W. Casper 15,694 8.8% 32,548 11.5%
Frederick C. Langone 19,521 10.9% 30,447 10.8%
Michael W. Kane 13,678 7.7% 27,573 9.8%
Stephen J. Murphy 13,309 7.4% 22,744 8.1%
Kevin A. McCluskey 11,431 6.4%  
Althea Garrison 6669 3.7%  
Edward T. Kelley 5123 2.9%  
David J. McKay 4198 2.3%  

District 1[edit]

Councillor Robert Travaglini was re-elected.

Candidates[1] Preliminary Election[5][6] General Election[4]
Votes % Votes %
Robert Travaglini 5680 54.5% 7977 61.6%
Maria DiLibero 3115 29.9% 4976 38.4%
Anthony Picarello 1629 15.6%  

District 2[edit]

Councillor James M. Kelly was re-elected.

Candidates[1] General Election[4]
Votes %
James M. Kelly 10,413 86.7%
Ali J. Fiumedoro 1602 13.3%

District 3[edit]

Councillor James E. Byrne ran unopposed and was re-elected.

District 4[edit]

Councillor Charles Yancey was re-elected.

Candidates[1] General Election[4]
Votes %
Charles Yancey 4828 80.1%
Arthur Williams 1196 19.9%

District 5[edit]

Councillor Thomas Menino was re-elected.

Candidates[1] General Election[4]
Votes %
Thomas Menino 10,437 87.0%
Gerald Bagley 1556 13.0%

District 6[edit]

Councillor Maura Hennigan ran unopposed and was re-elected.

District 7[edit]

Councillor Bruce Bolling was re-elected.

Candidates[1] General Election[4]
Votes %
Bruce Bolling 4264 70.3%
Roy A. Owens 1803 29.7%

District 8[edit]

Councillor David Scondras was re-elected.

Candidates[1] Preliminary Election[5] General Election[4]
Votes % Votes %
David Scondras 2158 69.9% 3386 63.6%
Glenn Fiscus 537 17.4% 1942 36.4%
Jack E. Molesworth 393 12.7%  

District 9[edit]

Councillor Brian J. McLaughlin was re-elected, with his narrow victory confirmed by a recount.

Candidates[1] Preliminary Election[5] General Election[4] Recount[7]
Votes % Votes % Votes %
Brian J. McLaughlin 2090 36.0% 4627 50.7% 4722 50.8%
Richard M. Izzo 2097 36.1% 4506 49.3% 4575 49.2%
Paul F. Creighton 1265 21.8%  
Brian J. Rielly 255 4.4%  
Aramis Camps 102 1.8%  

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "WHAT TO LOOK FOR AT POLLS TODAY". The Boston Globe. September 22, 1987. Retrieved February 23, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  2. ^ "ELECTION '87 SALERNO, INCUMBENTS WIN AT-LARGE COUNCIL SLOTS". The Boston Globe. September 23, 1987. Retrieved February 23, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  3. ^ "THE BOSTON VOTE". The Boston Globe. September 23, 1987. Retrieved February 23, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "THE BOSTON VOTE". The Boston Globe. November 4, 1987. Retrieved February 23, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  5. ^ a b c "ELECTION '87 MCLAUGHLIN LOSES IN ALLSTON-BRIGHTON CITY COUNCIL RACE". The Boston Globe. September 23, 1987. Retrieved February 23, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  6. ^ "Charlestown Records a 36% Voter Turnout In Tuesday's Primary Election" (PDF). Charlestown Patriot and Somerville Chronicle. 30 (4). September 24, 1987. p. 5. Retrieved February 23, 2018 – via docdroid.net.
  7. ^ "RECOUNT CONFIRMS MCLAUGHLIN VICTORY". The Boston Globe. November 21, 1987. Retrieved February 27, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.

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