Edwards Wins District 1 City Council Seat:Walsh Cruises to Victory Over Tito Jackson

By John Lynds

Shown at Santarpio’s at a pre-election luncheon are Sen. Joe Boncore, newly elected District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards, Margaret Farmer, Gabriela Coletta, and Rep. Adrian Madaro.

East Boston’s Lydia Edwards was elected as the District 1 Boston City Councilor over the North End’s Stephen Passacantilli after a hotly contested race for the seat left vacant by City Councilor Sal LaMattina who did not seek reelection this year.

Edwards’s win makes her the first woman of color to ever be elected to seat since its creation in 1983.

Districtwide, which includes the neighborhoods of East Boston, the North End and Charlestown, Edwards emerged as the victor over Passacantilli and as of press time won by 600 votes.

In Eastie, Edwards topped the ticket with 3,300 votes and won a majority of the neighborhood’s 14 precincts.

Edwards also won Charlestown during Tuesday’s election.

In the North End Passacantilli won his home neighborhood by 737 votes but Edwards’s  victories in Eastie and Charlestown was too much to overcome.

In the mayor’s race Mayor Martin Walsh easily beat Tito Jackson to cruise to reelection for his second term as Mayor of Boston.

In the city Walsh beat Jackson with 70 percent of the vote. In Eastie Walsh beat Jackson in all of Eastie’s 14 Precincts.

In the Ar-Large City Council race the four incumbents, Michael Flaherty, Michelle Wu, Ayanna Pressley and AnnissaEssaibi George were reelected to another term.

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