East Boston resident, Margaret Farmer, has announced she is entering the race for District 1 City Council to fill the seat being vacated by Sal LaMattina. Farmer has recently served as President of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association for five of her fifteen years living in Boston. In a statement, Farmer said:
“I am proud to announce my candidacy for Boston City Council, District 1. As a longtime East Boston resident, and a president of the Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association for the past 5 years I have dedicated my time to working on the issues most important to us, including development and transportation.
I have received those 2 AM phone calls about a local fire, and the 7:30 phone calls about trash spread out across the street. I understand that a city councilor has a huge effect on the day to day lives of residents, and can promise that core city services will remain a strong priority while fighting to improve Charlestown, East Boston and the North End for current residents. I will work to promote intelligent, appropriate development while promoting transportation options and continued investments in our schools. At the same time, City Government can, and should, work better for all of our citizens.”
Farmer joins Stephen Passacantilli (North End) and Lydia Edwards (East Boston) in vying for the seat. The new entrant comes just after the withdrawal of two other candidates, Michael Sinatra (East Boston) and Jack Kelly (Charlestown).
Farmer’s entry into the race means that the September 26th preliminary election will be competitive with three candidates being narrowed down to two that will face off in the general municipal election on November 7, 2017.
District 1 includes the North End, Charlestown and East Boston. More on the District 1 City Council race.