East Boston has always been a bellwether of sorts in municipal elections and last Tuesday’s City Preliminary Election that narrowed the field of Boston Mayoral candidates down to two and the field of At-Large City Council Candidates down to eight was no different.
Citywide, Michelle Wu and Anissa Essaibi George advanced to the November general election and here in Eastie voters currently picked the two candidates that would advance.
In Eastie Wu received 1,654 votes followed by Essaibi George who ended election night in Eastie with 1,283.
And like the rest of the city the top two vote getters were followed by Acting Mayor Kim Janey who received 662 votes in Eastie followed by Andrea Campbell with 648 votes and John Barros who only received 81 votes from voters here.
A breakdown of the election results in Eastie shows that Wu was very popular among voters in the rapidly gentrified Eastie Precincts. In Precincts 1 through 5 Wu outpaced Essaibi George and held her own in the Eagle Hill Precincts.
However, Essaibi George was able to gain significant ground on Wu in the Orient Heights Precincts. Precincts 10 through 14 tend to be more of a centrist voting block and Essaibi was on the heels of Wu neighborhood wide after gaining a lot of ground in Orient Heights.
In the end only 371 votes separated the two candidates.
“Today, Boston voters turned out on the doors, on the phones, on the streets, and at the polls to make their voices heard,” said Wu last Tuesday night. “Given the numbers reported back from precincts across our city, we are certain that our campaign — which was the first to launch in this field, exactly one year ago — will be advancing to the November general election.I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
To kick off her general election campaign, Essaibi George told her supporters, “It’ll take all of us to move Boston forward. To bring cleaner air to Chinatown and East Boston. To bring more home ownership opportunities to Roxbury. To keep our small businesses strong in Mattapan, and thoughtful, inclusive growth to Allston. We’ll do it with an equity lens. We’ll do it thoughtfully. We’ll do it together. Nothing is off the table, when we ensure everyone is at the table.”
In the At-Large race Eastie voters overwhelmingly supported incumbent At-Large City Councilor Michael Flaherty. Flaherty, who has always enjoyed good support from Eastie voters, topped the At-Large race ticket here with 1,931 votes.
Flaherty was followed by fellow incumbent At-Large City Councilor Julia Mejia who received 1,632 votes here.
Newcomer Ruthzee Louijeun finished third among Eastie voters with 1,194 votes and Erin Murphy rounded out the top four vote getters here with 851 votes.
Former Eastie resident Dave Halbert had a good showing here and received 803 votes.
Citywide Michael Flaherty, Julia Mejia, Ruthzee Louijeun, Erin Murphy, Carla Monteiro, Dave Halbert, Althea Garrison, and Bridget Nee-Walsh all advanced to the November election.