District 1 City Council Race Down to Two as Sinatra Withdraws

Michael Sinatra

The field for District 1 City Councilor continues to narrow with one of the three announced candidates, Michael Sinatra of East Boston, dropping out of the race.

With Sinatra’s withdrawal, filed candidates now include Stephen Passacantilli (North End) and Lydia Edwards (East Boston) in vying for the seat. Others that have indicated interest include Carmine Guarino (North End), Robert Pirelli (North End), Margaret Farmer (East Boston) and Jordan Frias (East Boston). There is still time for new candidates to pull and file nomination forms with signatures.

Sinatra shared the following with on Monday morning:

“After much discussion with my fiancée and family, I have decided to withdraw from the City Council race. I am getting married in August, so I have many life events to look forward to in the coming months and I want to be able to enjoy this happy and exciting time in my life. With that in mind, it would be unfair to me as well as all the residents of District 1 if I cannot give this campaign the undivided attention that it deserves. Therefore, at this moment in time I have decided to explore other job opportunities that would allow me more time to spend with my new wife and family.”

After sitting councilor Sal LaMattina announced he was not running for re-election, Sinatra was one of several who said they were looking to run for the vacated seat in a September primary. Sinatra is an East Boston resident and currently Chief of Staff for Councilor LaMattina.

Last week, Jack Kelly of Charlestown also announced he would not run for the district seat.

District 1 includes the North End, Charlestown and East Boston. There are no party affiliations for the Boston City Council position. A preliminary election will be held on September 26th with the top two candidates facing off in the general municipal election on November 7, 2017.

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