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

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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.

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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.