Election Coverage: Q&A’s with All At-Large City Council Candidates and More

This Tuesday's municipal election will most likely be a quiet election with few contested races. But there is a strong possibility that some challengers will defeat incumbents. All four incumbents are seeking reelection with only one challenger, Annissa Essaibi-George. Essaibi-George finished fifth in 2013 in the last at-large city council election, but started campaigning earlier and has gained numerous endorsements, including from current Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. Read a Q&A with Annissa Essaibi-George here.

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Q&A: Stephen Murphy – Helping Seniors Stay in Homes, Wants Privately-Developed Solar-Powered Transit and More

At-Large Boston City Councilor Stephen Murphy is seeking reelection on Tuesday, November 3rd. Murphy, who was first elected to the council in 1997, answered questions from Jamaica Plain News via email. 

All four incumbents are seeking reelection with only one challenger, Annissa Essaibi-George -- read a Q&A with her here; Read a Q&A with Ayanna Pressley here. 

Q: Why should you be reelected as an At-Large Boston City Councilor? A: I have always believed in advocating for the fairness of others. Our residents -- my constituents -- need support when it comes to issues affecting their neighborhoods, and ultimately their city. That’s why I am running for this office -- to give those people that support whenever they need it. I care most about making sure their phone calls are answered, and their needs are addressed day in and day out.

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Help Could Be on the Way for Seniors With Skyrocketing Property Taxes

Finally, there's good news for seniors who own their own homes and want to stay in JP. On Tuesday, Mayor Marty Walsh signed a "home rule petition" to give tax deferrals to long-term home owners. It could be part of a solution for some in the battle against rising property costs. So how does this affect qualifying residents of JP? Well, if passed in the state legislature, qualifying long-term homeowners will be able to more easily afford remaining in their homes by deferring property taxes.

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