BOSTON (AP/CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will face off against City Councilor Tito Jackson in November as Walsh seeks re-election to a second four-year term.
Walsh and Jackson bested a pair of lesser known mayoral candidates, retired police officer Robert Cappucci and Joseph Wiley, a health care worker, in Tuesday’s nonpartisan preliminary election which generated lukewarm voter interest.
The top two vote-getters — Walsh and Jackson — advance to the Nov. 7 final election.
Jackson said one of the reasons he entered the race was to focus on affordable housing.
“People are getting pushed out of Boston in every neighborhood from South Boston to East Boston to Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan,” Jackson said. “Who can afford 4,200 foot, three-bedroom rents?”
This priority resonated with some voters.
“I voted for Tito,” said one man. “Lower income housing needs to be addressed.”
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports
Elsewhere in Massachusetts, the MetroWest Daily News reported Yvonne Spicer, a vice president at the Museum of Science in Boston, topped a field of seven — followed by former town selectman and state Rep. John Stefanini — in the first election since New England’s largest town opted to become a city.
The two will compete for the chance to become Framingham’s first mayor Nov. 7.
In Lawrence, the Eagle-Tribune reported incumbent Mayor Daniel Rivera and former mayor Willie Lantigua won Tuesday’s preliminary election, setting up a re-match between the long-time rivals in November.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports
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