From around the world and across our nation, people look to Boston for hope, for opportunity, and for a chance to build a better life. From the first immigrant who set foot on the Shawmut Peninsula to the first student from Puerto Rico who stepped into a new classroom this fall, for nearly four centuries Boston has been more than the place we share. It’s the hope we bring. It’s our determination to show a better way forward, lifting one another up along the way. This spirit has continues to remain in Boston.
As expected Mayor Martin Walsh easily defeated District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson for a second term. But it was the Boston City Council races that were more interesting. Walsh took 65% of the vote to Jackson's 33%, according to unofficial results as of 10:30 pm on Tuesday. The only truly contested race in Jamaica Plain was the District 7 race (there's a little bit of District 7 in JP by Egleston Square). After a preliminary that had more than a dozen candidates Kim Janey and Rufus Faulk faced each other.
The JP Progressives have chosen to endorse Mayor Marty Walsh for a second term over District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson. JP Progressives, a chapter member of Progressive MASS, provided a lengthy and thoughtful endorsement. In the Sept. 26th preliminary election Walsh took 62 percent of the vote and Jackson received 29 percent. The two will face-off against each other in the Nov.
Every year, more and more people are calling Boston home. Our population is growing: we’re expected to surpass 700,000 residents before 2030, which are numbers we haven’t seen in decades. This growth means that housing is in high demand. In 2014, we released our housing plan. It’s a roadmap to help us keep up with demand by creating 53,000 new units by 2030.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the people of Puerto Rico, those who live here and those who are on the island, as they recover from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria. I am incredibly proud to share that we are stepping up as a city to support them in their time of need. Together with The Boston Foundation, we have established the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico fund, a fund that is dedicated to the relief and reconstruction of Puerto Rico and will support any Puerto Rican person arriving in Boston and the Commonwealth who have been impacted by Hurricane Maria. I encourage residents to visit https://tbf.org/puertorico to learn more about the fund. Together we are sharing the important message to the people of Puerto Rico that we are here to help, for as long as they need.