Boston Elections: Essaibi-George Wins At-Large Seat; Campbell Defeats Yancey in District 4 Race

Tuesday’s Boston City Council elections saw two longtime city councilors lose their seats.

Annissa Essaibi-George was elected as an at-large city councilor.

Annissa Essaibi-George was elected as an at-large city councilor.

In the at-large city council race, Annissa Essaibi-George of Dorchester earned a seat in her second time running for the position. Losing his seat is longtime city councilor Stephen Murphy, who was first elected in 1997.

All results are from the City of Boston’s Election Department. According to the department, about 13% of registered Boston voters turned out for this municipal election.

District 4 City Councilor-elect Andrea Campbell

District 4 City Councilor-elect Andrea Campbell

The District 4 city council race was closely watched, and challenger Andrea Campbell defeated 30-plus-year incumbent Charles Yancey — and it wasn’t even close. In her first election, Campbell took home 63% (4,309 votes) to Yancey’s 38% (2,699 votes). Going into Election Day, Campbell was favored after she easily outpaced Yancey in the preliminary election in September. A small part of District 4 is in Jamaica Plain.

In the at-large race, three incumbents topped the vote totals. Ayanna Pressley topped the ballot with 24% of cast votes in her favor (31,768 votes), Michelle Wu garnered 22% (28,891 votes) and Michael F. Flaherty notched 20% (26,463 votes). Essaibi-George received 17% (23,439 votes) and Murphy tallied 14% (19,538 votes). There were 1,130 write-in votes in the at-large race.

District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley, whose district encompasses the majority of Jamaica Plain, did not face a challenger and received votes on more than 97% of ballots cast.

These election results bring the city council more in line with the demographics of the city. With councilors-elect Essaibi-George and Campbell, two more women will sit on the 13-person council come January, joining Pressley and Wu.

  • Hugo_JP

    Congratulations to councilor-elect Campbell! 30 years for any elected official is WAY too long so I welcome some fresh thinking to the city council.

    • Monster

      I have no particular allegiance to Yancey (nor aversion to Campbell), but I don’t understand the reactionary impulse to view experience as a negative attribute in a candidate. One of the reasons Washington is in shambles right now is that the electorate has voted in a group of naive Congressmen who have no idea how to actually govern.

      • Hugo_JP

        The naïve new Congressmen have chosen not to govern. Governing in an of itself is not brain surgery nor rocket science. Any reasonably educated person should be capable of governing. While experience can be a plus, 30 years in any one job can lead to inertia.

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