2009 Boston City Council election

Boston City Council elections were held on November 3, 2009. Eight seats (four district representatives and four at-large members) were contested in the general election, as the incumbents in districts 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 were unopposed. Seven seats (the four at-large members, and districts 1, 7, and 9) had also been contested in the preliminary election held on September 22, 2009.

At-large[edit]

Councillors John R. Connolly and Stephen J. Murphy were re-elected to their at-large seats. Incumbents Michael F. Flaherty and Sam Yoon did not run for re-election as they were running for Mayor of Boston; their seats were won by Felix G. Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley. Pressley's victory made her first woman of color to be elected to the council in its history.[1]

Candidates Preliminary Election[2] General Election[3]
Votes % Votes %
John R. Connolly 35,182 18.08% 51,362 18.35%
Stephen J. Murphy 30,365 15.61% 51,008 18.22%
Felix G. Arroyo 25,859 13.29% 45,144 16.13%
Ayanna Pressley 16,866 8.67% 41,879 14.96%
Tito Jackson 12,535 6.44% 30,203 10.79%
Andrew Kenneally 12,653 6.50% 24,249 8.66%
Tomás González 10,122 5.20% 18,310 6.54%
Doug Bennett 10,529 5.41% 16,842 6.02%
Ego Ezedi 9,260 4.76%
Hiep Quoc Nguyen 7,691 3.95%
Sean H. Ryan 6,665 3.43%
Jean-Claude Sanon 5,386 2.77%
Robert Fortes 5,071 2.61%
Bill Trabucco 3,132 1.61%
Scotland Willis 2,639 1.36%

District 1[edit]

Councillor Salvatore LaMattina was re-elected.

Candidates Preliminary Election[4] General Election[5]
Votes % Votes %
Salvatore LaMattina 5,599 73.37% 8,111 76.58%
Chris Kulikoski 1,149 15.06% 2,444 23.07%
Laura Garza 854 11.19%

District 2[edit]

Councillor Bill Linehan ran unopposed.[6]

District 3[edit]

Councillor Maureen Feeney ran unopposed.[7]

District 4[edit]

Councillor Charles Yancey ran unopposed.[8]

District 5[edit]

Councillor Robert Consalvo ran unopposed.[9]

District 6[edit]

General election[edit]

Councillor John M. Tobin, Jr. ran unopposed.[10]

Special election[edit]

In August 2010, Tobin resigned his seat to take a position as Vice President for City and Community Affairs at Northeastern University.[11] The seat was filled via a special election on November 16, 2010, with the preliminary election on October 19, 2010. Matt O'Malley was elected to serve the remainder of Tobin's term, defeating James W. Hennigan III, brother of former council member Maura Hennigan.[12]

Candidates[12] Special Prelim. Election[13] Special Gen. Election[14]
Votes % Votes %
Matt O'Malley 3830 53.16% 5283 59.97%
James W. Hennigan III 2197 30.50% 3487 39.58%
Sean H. Ryan 613 8.51%  
Kosta Demos 350 4.86%  
Chun-Fai Chan 196 2.72%  
all others 18 0.25% 40 0.45%

District 7[edit]

General election[edit]

Councillor Chuck Turner was re-elected.

Candidates Preliminary Election[15] General Election[16]
Votes % Votes %
Chuck Turner 3,648 52.57% 5,521 59.83%
Carlos Henriquez 1,659 23.91% 3,644 39.49%
Althea Garrison 995 14.34%
Roy Owens 610 8.79%

Special election[edit]

On December 1, 2010, Turner was expelled by an 11–1 vote, following his corruption conviction, making him the first councillor to be expelled in the history of the modern Boston City Council.[17] This created a vacancy that needed to be filled by a special election, which took place on March 15, 2011, with the preliminary election on February 15, 2011. Tito Jackson was elected to serve the remainder of Turner's term.

Candidates Special Prelim. Election[18] Special Gen. Election[19]
Votes % Votes %
Tito Jackson 1,944 67.38% 2,829 81.98%
Cornell Mills 271 9.39% 557 16.14%
Daneille Renee Williams 258 8.94%
Althea Garrison 150 5.20%
Natalie Carithers 96 3.33%
Roy Owens 89 3.08%

District 8[edit]

Councillor Michael P. Ross was re-elected.

Candidates General Election[20]
Votes %
Michael P. Ross 5,331 84.10%
Oscar Brookins 981 15.48%

District 9[edit]

Councillor Mark Ciommo was re-elected.

Candidates Preliminary Election[21] General Election[22]
Votes % Votes %
Mark Ciommo 3,495 59.78% 4,849 64.31%
Alex Selvig 1,353 23.14% 2,678 35.42%
Abigail Furey 785 13.43%
Benjamin Ian Narodick 188 3.22%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cityofboston.gov/citycouncil/councillors/pressley.asp Retrieved 2010-03-29
  2. ^ "Preliminary Municipal Election - City Councillor At Large" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Municipal Election - City Councillor At Large" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Preliminary Municipal Election - City Councillor District 1" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Municipal Election - City Councillor District 1" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Municipal Election - City Councillor District 2" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Municipal Election - City Councillor District 3" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Municipal Election - City Councillor District 4" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  9. ^ "Municipal Election - City Councillor District 5" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Municipal Election - City Councillor District 5" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  11. ^ "Tobin leaving Boston City Council". The Boston Globe. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  12. ^ a b Abel, David (October 16, 2010). "5 contenders competing for open City Council seat". The Boston Globe. p. B.1. Retrieved March 10, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  13. ^ "CITY OF BOSTON SPECIAL PRELIMINARY MUNICIPAL ELECTION - OCTOBER 19, 2010 CITY COUNCILLOR DISTRICT 6" (PDF). cityofboston.gov. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "CITY OF BOSTON SPECIAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION - NOVEMBER 16, 2010 CITY COUNCILLOR DISTRICT 6" (PDF). cityofboston.gov. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  15. ^ "Preliminary Municipal Election - City Councillor District 7" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  16. ^ "Municipal Election - City Councillor District 7" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  17. ^ Boeri, David (December 1, 2010). "Boston City Council Expels Chuck Turner". WBUR-FM.
  18. ^ "Preliminary Municipal Election - City Councillor District 7" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  19. ^ "Municipal Election - City Councillor District 7" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  20. ^ "Municipal Election - City Councillor District 8" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  21. ^ "Preliminary Municipal Election - City Councillor District 9" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  22. ^ "Municipal Election - City Councillor District 9" (PDF). City of Boston.gov. City of Boston. Retrieved 6 June 2011.

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