1997 Boston City Council election

Boston City Council elections were held on November 4, 1997. All 13 seats (nine district representatives and four at-large members) were contested in the general election. Eight seats (four districts and the four at-large members) had also been contested in the preliminary election held on September 23, 1997.

At-large[edit]

Councillors Francis Roache, Peggy Davis-Mullen, Dapper O'Neil, and Stephen J. Murphy were re-elected. Murphy had joined the council in February 1997, following the resignation of Richard P. Iannella.[1] Iannella's sister Suzanne was an unsuccessful candidate in this election.[2]

Candidates[3] Preliminary Election[4] General Election[5] Recount[6]
Votes % Votes % Votes %
Francis Roache 17,495 18.4% 32,029 16.9%
Peggy Davis-Mullen 12,116 12.8% 28,280 14.9%
Dapper O'Neil 14,310 15.1% 27,591 14.6%
Stephen J. Murphy 15,247 16.1% 26,702 14.1% 26,736
Suzanne Iannella 11,325 11.9% 26,505 14.0% 26,561
Frank N. Jones 9912 10.4% 24,892 13.1%
Paul J. Gannon 9292 9.8% 17,131 9.0%
Pamela A. Smith 2700 2.8% 6,287 3.3%
Anthony A. Schinella 2505 2.6%  

District 1[edit]

Councillor Diane J. Modica lost her seat to Paul Scapicchio.

Candidates[3] Preliminary Election[7] General Election[8]
Votes % Votes %
Paul Scapicchio 3766 55.5% 5881 52.8%
Diane J. Modica 2685 39.6% 5256 47.2%
Alfred V. Siciliano Jr. 245 3.6%  
Carlos Rosas 86 1.3%  

District 2[edit]

Councillor James M. Kelly was re-elected.

Candidates[3] General Election[8]
Votes %
James M. Kelly 6989 83.5%
Andrew McKinnon 1383 16.5%

District 3[edit]

Councillor Maureen Feeney was re-elected.

Candidates[3] Preliminary Election[7] General Election[8]
Votes % Votes %
Maureen Feeney 3066 71.2% 4951 71.8%
Barry J. Mullen 707 16.4% 1940 28.2%
John M. Comerford 531 12.3%  

District 4[edit]

Councillor Charles Yancey was re-elected.

Candidates[3] Preliminary Election[7] General Election[8]
Votes % Votes %
Charles Yancey 1166 52.5% 2781 64.2%
Bill Owens 632 28.5% 1552 35.8%
Vikki Middleton 374 16.9%  
J. R. Rucker 47 2.1%  

District 5[edit]

Councillor Daniel F. Conley was re-elected.

Candidates[3] General Election[8]
Votes %
Daniel F. Conley 7591 84.6%
Daniel Esdale 1383 15.4%

District 6[edit]

Councillor Maura Hennigan was re-elected.

Candidates[3] General Election[8]
Votes %
Maura Hennigan 6903 82.4%
Edgar Williams 1478 17.6%

District 7[edit]

Councillor Gareth R. Saunders was re-elected.

Candidates[3] Preliminary Election[7] General Election[8]
Votes % Votes %
Gareth R. Saunders 851 40.5% 2278 61.4%
Althea Garrison 360 17.1% 1430 38.6%
Roy A. Owens 349 16.6%  
Anthony Crayton 341 16.2%  
Robert L. Terrell 200 9.5%  

District 8[edit]

Councillor Thomas M. Keane Jr. was re-elected.

Candidates[3] General Election[8]
Votes %
Thomas M. Keane Jr. 2286 74.7%
Lynda McNally 776 25.3%

District 9[edit]

Councillor Brian Honan was re-elected.

Candidates[3] General Election[8]
Votes %
Brian Honan 3677 88.7%
Aramis Camps 469 11.3%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flint, Anthony (February 3, 1997). "Persevering candidate finally sworn in as city councilor". The Boston Globe. p. B.3. Retrieved March 5, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  2. ^ Chacon, Richard (June 5, 1997). "Council agenda: self-preservation Races may be toughest in city this election". The Boston Globe. p. B.1. Retrieved March 6, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "At-large, district candidates in the Boston City Council election City Council At-Large". The Boston Globe. November 2, 1997. p. 6. Retrieved March 5, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  4. ^ Anand, Geeta (September 24, 1997). "At-large city councilors top ticket In a District 1 shocker, Scapicchio decisively tops incumbent Modica". The Boston Globe. p. B.1. Retrieved March 6, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  5. ^ Flint, Anthony (November 5, 1997). "At-large incumbents hang on Roache coasts as 3 others scramble to keep seats; Iannella is edged out". The Boston Globe. p. B.1. Retrieved March 5, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  6. ^ Flint, Anthony (November 25, 1997). "Recount confirms Murphy's victory in council race". The Boston Globe. p. B.3. Retrieved March 6, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  7. ^ a b c d Flint, Anthony (September 24, 1997). "Unlucky day for Diane Modica, No. 13 on ballot East Boston incumbent is outpolled by Scapicchio". The Boston Globe. p. B.2. Retrieved March 6, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i Flint, Anthony (November 5, 1997). "District City Councilor final election". The Boston Globe. p. B.4. Retrieved March 5, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.

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