Early Voting for Boston City Council Races Begins September 2

Early voting for Boston City Council Districts 3, 5, 6, and 7 preliminary municipal election begins September 2 and is available at different locations. The other district races and the at-large City Council race did not have enough qualified candidates to trigger a preliminary. The purpose of the preliminary election is to narrow the election to the top two candidates for the district race. In Jamaica Plain, the District 6 City Council race includes three candidates: current city councilor Kendra Lara, Jamaica Plain resident Ben Weber, and West Roxbury resident William King. Any registered Boston voter can vote at any early voting location.

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All Three D6 Candidates Expected to Attend Online Forum on August 8

All three candidates for the Boston City Council District 6 race are expected to attend candidates forum on August 8. The three candidates include the current District 6 City Councilor Kendra Lara, who is facing multiple charges due to speeding and crashing her car without a license in an unregistered car. The other two candidates are William King, who ran for at-large city council once before, and Ben Weber. JP Progressives is hosting the online forum that will be moderated by former editor of the Baystate Banner Yawu Miller, and Saraya Wintersmith from GBH News. Cosponsors of the forum include Right to the City Vote and MassVOTE.

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At-Large Boston City Council Candidate Virtual Forum on July 13

The Boston Wards 4 & 5 & 10 Democratic Committees are hosting a virtual At-Large Boston City Council Candidates forum on July 13. The forum will be moderated by Boston Globe opinion writer Abdallah Fayyad. Confirmed participants include Clifton Braithwaite, Bridget Nee-Walsh, and Henry Santana, At-Large Boston City Councilors Ruthzee Louijeune, Julia Mejia, and Erin Murphy. Current At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty recently announced that he is not seeking reelection. Jamaica Plain resides in Boston Wards 4, 10, 11, 12, and 19.

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Meet The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Candidates and Vote on June 24

All Jamaica Plain residents, 16 and older, can vote in the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) election on June 24. The JPNC holds elections every two years. The JPNC meets in its full committee and sub-committees on things including housing & development, parks, education, and more. The council consists of 20 individuals: 5 at-large members, and five seats each for three geographically-based areas. The JPNC does not make binding decisions, but does make recommendations to the city to help the neighborhood and residents.

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JP Progressives At-Large Boston City Council Forum on Tuesday

There will be a virtual At-Large Boston City Council Forum co-hosted by JP Progressives on Tuesday night. As of Sunday afternoon four candidates had committed to the forum. Two sitting city city councilors had confirmed they were attending: Ruthzee Louijeune and Julia Mejia. Other confirmed candidates include Clifton Braithwaite and Henry Santana. Cosponsors of the event include NAACP Boston Branch, Mijente Boston Asamblea, MassVOTE, Chinese Progressive Political Action, Right to the City Vote, Mass Voter Table, and Mass HUD Tenants.

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Special Election: MacGregor Wins 10th Suffolk District State Rep Seat

Bill MacGregor was quickly congratulated after the polls closed as the winner of the special election for the 10th Suffolk District state rep seat on Tuesday night. The district includes West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and some of Roslindale and Brookline, but is primarily West Roxbury. In Boston, MacGregor netted 3,098 votes (45.51%), according to Boston's Elections Department. Orthman came in second with 2,303 votes (33.83%), and Segel took 1,392 (20.45%). There were also 15 write-in votes.

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Vote: 10th Suffolk State Rep Special Election Primary on May 2

The special election Democratic Party primary on May 2 will determine the next 10th Suffolk State Rep.

No other party has any candidates to replace Ed Coppinger, who stepped down from the position. So it's between Jamaica Plain's Celia Segel, Roslindale's Rob Orthman, and West Roxbury's Bill MacGregor. The majority of district is in West Roxbury, but there is a good amount in Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and Brookline. The district includes 15 precincts in West Roxbury, and nine precincts between Roslindale, JP, and Brookline. After redistricting, part of Jamaica Plain became part of the district.

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Dueling Endorsements for 10th Suffolk Rep Candidates

The three candidates for the special election to fill the 10th Suffolk District representative seat are gathering endorsements, and one candidate has drawn the ire from local progressive groups. First former state rep Liz Malia endorsed Bill MacGregor. Then current 15th Suffolk District state rep Sam Montaño endorsed Rob Orthman. And Celia Segel picked up the endorsement of state Sen. Cynthia Creem (D-1st Middlesex and Norfolk). Also, on Thursday the steering committee of the JP Progressives group, a local chapter of Massachusetts Progressives, recommended Orthman over Segel for the May 2 special election.

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Q&A: Rep Candidate MacGregor Would Push for Mental Health Access, Early Education, and Address Inflation

West Roxbury resident Bill MacGregor is one of three candidates vying for the 10th Suffolk County District representative seat being vacated. MacGregor spoke with Jamaica Plain News about mental health services, addressing the impact of COVID, and increasing homeownership opportunities. All three candidates are Democrats, and would face off in a May 2 Democratic primary. The winner will advance to a May 30 special election, to face any other party's nominee or independent candidates, of which there are none so far. Read a Q&A with candidate Rob Orthman here.

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Q&A: Rep Candidate Segel Would Fight for Affordable Housing & Assistance to First-Time Low and Moderate Income Homebuyers

Jamaica Plain resident Celia Segel is one of three candidates vying for the 10th Suffolk County District representative seat being vacated. Segel spoke with Jamaica Plain News about affordable housing, affordable healthcare, and reproductive rights. All three candidates are Democrats, and would face off in a May 2 Democratic primary. The winner will advance to a May 30 special election, to face any other party's nominee or independent candidates, of which there are none so far. Read a Q&A with candidate Rob Orthman here.

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