Mayor Walsh Nets More Than 60% in Prelim Election, Jackson 29%

Mayor Martin Walsh easily came out ahead in Boston's preliminary election on Tuesday with more than 60 percent of votes. Walsh will face-off against District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson, who came in a distant second with more than 28 percent of votes. Tuesday's turnout was expected to be paltry due to very few races with only the mayoral race and three city councilor elections to vote on. Only 14.45 percent of registered voters cast ballots, according to unofficial results on the city's website. The top two winners of each race will face each other in a general election on November 7th.

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JP Progressives Hosting Community Conversations with Tito Jackson and Mayor Walsh

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and his main challenger City Councilor Tito Jackson will attend two separate community conversations in Jamaica Plain this week. And you have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions before the events. The JP Progressives are hosting the two public conversations: Tito Jackson on Tuesday at 7 pm and Mayor Walsh on Thursday at 7:30 pm. It is free to attend either event, but registration is requested. Please register here for the conversation with Jackson, and register here for the conversation with Walsh.

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Startup chat with Tito Jackson

This Monday, July 10 from 6-8pm Tito Jackson, candidate for Boston Mayor, will spend time chatting with Boston's startup businesses. To register click the link below:

Here is the Agenda:

Startup Presentations

Startups in food, tech, and a variety of fields will present. Q + A with Tito

You and the other attendees ask Tito questions about his thoughts on Boston's business ecosystem. This is a rare opportunity to chat with a candidate for Boston Mayor in an intimate setting about your questions regarding startups and local business. Don't forget to register at the link below for location info:

This is part of Impact Hub's Open Project Night

Mayor Tito Jackson? City Councilor Wants To Be Boston’s Next Mayor

District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson declared he is running for mayor on Thursday at a press conference outside of the Haley House Bakery in Roxbury. Jackson quickly released a cinematic youtube video about why he wants to be Boston's next mayor. The video tells his "story" and his "vision for our great city." Jackson will focus on fiscal responsibility, investing in public education, public safety and affordable housing. "Fifty percent of families in Boston make $35,000 a year...

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Increased Residential Exemption Could Lower Taxes for Boston Homeowners

The Boston City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a proposal from District 9 City Councilor Mark Ciommo, and championed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, to increase the city's residential tax exemption -- a move that would lower the average property tax bill for a single-family, owner-occupied residence by $299 a year. The City Council approved the proposal 12-0 (City Councilor Tim McCarthy was absent and thus didn't vote). Homeowners will see the lowered rates reflected in their third-quarter tax bills, which will be sent out at the end of the year. The residential exemption for taxpayers who occupy their homes as their principal residence will increase from 30 percent to 35 percent of their homes' assessed value. The average property tax bill for residential taxpayers will decrease from $3,533 to $3,234, according to the city.

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