The 2019 City of Boston Municipal Election took place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 to elect councilors for each of the nine districts and four citywide At-Large councilors. The votes are in and the fourth at-large seat is separated by only 10 votes.
The three elected at-large councilors are Michelle Wu (41,616 votes; 20.71%), Annissa Essaibi George (34,054 votes; 16.95%) and Michael Flaherty (33,242 votes; 16.54%).
The race for the final at-large seat came down to Julia Mejia and Alejandra Nicole St. Guillen, each with 11.18% of the vote. In numbers, Mejia received 22,464 votes and St. Guillen received 22,454. Alejandra St. Guillen is now calling for a citywide recount.
District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards, representing the North End, East Boston and Charlestown, ran unopposed, and has therefore been re-elected to another two-year term.
The same goes for District 2 City Councilor Ed Flynn, District 3 City Councilor Frank Baker, and District 6 City Councilor Matt O’Malley. The elected councilors for the remaining districts are as follows:
In District 4, Andrea Campbell (incumbent) with 87.17% of the vote won over Jeff Durham to represent Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and part of Roslindale.
District 5: Ricardo Arroyo with 54.54% of the vote defeated Maria Esdale Farrell. Two new candidates were competing for District 5 representing Roslindale, Mattapan, Hyde Park and part of Readville as Councilor Timothy McCarthy did not seek reelection.
District 7: Kim Janey (incumbent) received 74.51% of the vote to win over Roy Owens Sr. to represent Roxbury, South End and parts of Fenway.
District 8: Priscilla Kenzie Bok (70.08%) beat Jennifer Ann Nassour to represent Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Mission Hill and parts of Fenway and the West End. Two new candidates were competing for this District 8 seat, as Councilor Josh Zakim did not seek reelection.
In District 9, Liz Breadon (58.52%) won out over Craig Cashman to represent Allston and Brighton. Two new candidates ran for this council seat as Councilor Mark Ciommo did not run for reelection.
This elected group of representatives will be the most diverse council in city history and the first with a majority of women. When they begin their term in January, there will be seven councilors of color and eight women. In the at-large recount, Mejia and St. Guillen are both looking to be the first Latina on the council.
The opinion advisory question on the ballot asked “Do you support the renaming/changing of the name of Dudley Square to Nubian Square?” The results show that 45.7% of voters want to change the name, while 54.3% of voters think it should not be changed.
Read more on the City of Boston’s election results page.