BOSTON (AP) – Candidates hoping to fill the seat left vacant by the conviction of former Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner on corruption charges are facing their first major hurdle.

A preliminary election scheduled for Tuesday will winnow the field of hopefuls to two, who fill face off in a final election March 15.

Seven candidates are running.

Among those hoping to replace Turner is Tito Jackson, a former campaign political director for Gov. Deval Patrick. Also running is Cornell Mills, the son of former state Sen. Dianna Wilkerson, who was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for accepting $23,000 in bribes.

Turner was convicted of taking a $1,000 bribe. He sought to delay the Tuesday vote, claiming that he was improperly removed by his fellow councilors.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Cynic says:

    If he does his time then comes out and runs and is elected…Then What? Will the FBI set something else up?

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