1993 Boston City Council election Article

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Boston City Council elections were held on November 2, 1993. All thirteen seats (nine district representatives and four at-large members) were contested in the general election, while ten seats (six districts and the four at-large members) had also been contested in the preliminary election held on September 21, 1993.

The large number of preliminary candidates followed a reduction in the number of signatures required for a candidate to appear on the ballot, from 1500 to 500. [1]

Since the composition of the council changed in 1984, to four at-large seats and nine district representatives, no candidate who had run for re-election had lost. [1] However, two incumbents— Anthony Crayton and David Scondras—were defeated by challengers in this election.

At-large

Councillors John A. Nucci and Dapper O'Neil were re-elected. Councillors Bruce Bolling and Rosaria Salerno did not seek re-election, as they were running for Mayor of Boston; their seats were won by Richard P. Iannella and Peggy Davis-Mullen. Iannella was the son of former Council president Christopher A. Iannella, [1] while unsuccessful candidate Michael Travaglini was the brother of outgoing District 1 Councillor Robert Travaglini. [2]

Candidates [3] Preliminary Election [1] General Election [4]
Votes % Votes %
John A. Nucci 42,970 14.4% 53,531 16.7%
Dapper O'Neil 42,069 14.1% 52,900 16.5%
Richard P. Iannella 34,065 11.4% 52,542 16.4%
Peggy Davis-Mullen 29,389 9.9% 40,340 12.6%
Stephen J. Murphy 20,472 6.9% 31,294 9.7%
Michael Travaglini 19,976 6.7% 31,014 9.7%
Francis Costello 21,131 7.1% 30,367 9.5%
Eddie Jenkins Jr. 16,249 5.5% 28,986 9.0%
Brian P. Wallace 12,231 4.1%  
Karen MacNutt 11,885 4.0%  
Jose Vincenty 10,606 3.6%  
Joseph Delgardo 6,886 2.3%  
Karen Ray 6,654 2.2%  
Gary Dotterman 5,404 1.8%  
Frank G. Williams 5,376 1.8%  
Daniel J. Carey 5,339 1.8%  
Edward T. Wheeler 4,019 1.3%  
Martin A. Coughlin 3,308 1.3%  

District 1

Councillor Robert Travaglini, who had been elected to the Massachusetts Senate in November 1992, did not seek re-election to the City Council; [2] his seat was won by Diane J. Modica.

Candidates [5] Preliminary Election [6] [7] General Election [8]
Votes % Votes %
Diane J. Modica 4010dagger 28.4% 8008 54.6%
James Costello 2814dagger 19.9% 6663 45.4%
Robert Cappucci 2662dagger 18.8%  
Domenic A. Piso 2310 16.3%  
Maria DiLibero 1822 12.9%  
Tom Pizzi 300 2.1%  
Richard Rosa 218 1.5%  

dagger per preliminary election recount

District 2

Councillor James M. Kelly was re-elected.

Candidates [5] General Election [9]
Votes %
James M. Kelly 12,344 85.8%
Ali J. Fiumedoro 2050 14.2%

District 3

Councillor James E. Byrne did not seek re-election; his seat was won by Maureen Feeney, his neighborhood liaison. [6]

Candidates [5] Preliminary Election [6] General Election [10]
Votes % Votes %
Maureen Feeney 6673 49.4% 9769 70.7%
Joseph P. McDermott 2118 15.7% 4041 29.3%
Michael F. Kenneally 1394 10.3%  
Thomas J. Doherty 1335 9.9%  
Patrick J. Walsh 1026 7.6%  
Nancy E. Kavanagh 965 7.1%  

District 4

Councillor Charles Yancey was re-elected.

Candidates [5] General Election [11]
Votes %
Charles Yancey 5302 87.6%
J. R. Rucker 753 12.4%

District 5

The seat of Councillor Thomas Menino, who had been acting mayor since July 1993 and won the mayoral election, was won by Daniel F. Conley.

Candidates [5] Preliminary Election [6] General Election [12]
Votes % Votes %
Daniel F. Conley 6210 37.9% 10,631 59.1%
John Pulgini 3884 23.7% 7355 40.9%
John P. Grady 2945 18.0%  
Rita E. Walsh 1990 12.1%  
John J. Kenney 642 3.9%  
Kenneth W. Spolsino 436 2.7%  
John H. Sheerin 276 1.7%  

District 6

Councillor Maura Hennigan was re-elected.

Candidates [5] General Election [13]
Votes %
Maura Hennigan 10,465 64.7%
Gerard J. McCarthy 5714 35.3%

District 7

Councillor Anthony Crayton was defeated by Gareth R. Saunders.

Candidates [5] Preliminary Election [6] [7] General Electiondouble-dagger [14] Recount [15] [16] [17]
Votes % Votes % Votes %
Gareth R. Saunders 1447dagger 25.7% 3028 49.4% 3137 50.7%
Anthony Crayton 1824dagger 32.4% 3097 50.6% 3047 49.3%
Roy A. Owens 1417dagger 25.2%  
Phyllis Bailey 693 12.3%  
Ray F. Green 247 4.4%  

dagger per preliminary election recount
double-dagger Saunders was later declared the winner, due to discovery of a tally sheet error; [18] his victory was subsequently confirmed via recount.

District 8

Councillor David Scondras was defeated by Thomas M. Keane Jr.

Candidates [5] Preliminary Election [6] General Election [14] Recount [15] [19] [20]
Votes % Votes % Votes %
Thomas M. Keane Jr. 2403 39.8% 3648 50.2% 3649 50.2%
David Scondras 3271 54.2% 3621 49.8% 3622 49.8%
Dan Huck 366 6.1%  

District 9

Councillor Brian J. McLaughlin was re-elected.

Candidates [5] Preliminary Election [6] General Election [14] Recount [15] [21]
Votes % Votes % Votes %
Brian J. McLaughlin 4213 46.1% 4585 51.6% 4561 50.9%
Jerry P. McDermott 2398 26.3% 4295 48.4% 4400 49.1%
Rosina T. Bowman 1742 19.1%  
Will Luxier 617 6.8%  
John W. Carmilia 162 1.8%  

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Howe, Peter J. (September 22, 1993). "Nucci, O'Neil finish 1-2 in unofficial tally Unofficial results have Iannella 3d". The Boston Globe. p. 20. Retrieved March 3, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  2. ^ a b "Lawyer seeks at-large City Council seat". The Boston Globe. April 24, 1993. p. 15. Retrieved March 3, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  3. ^ "THE CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE". The Boston Globe. October 25, 1993. p. 24. Retrieved March 4, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  4. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=696452
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "THE CANDIDATES FOR CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICTS". The Boston Globe. October 25, 1993. p. 24. Retrieved March 4, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Hohler, Bob (September 22, 1993). "Keeping tradition, incumbents stand to keep their seats". The Boston Globe. p. 20. Retrieved March 4, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  7. ^ a b Nolan, Martin F. (September 25, 1993). "Official tally reverses finish of 2 City Council hopefuls". The Boston Globe. p. 15. Retrieved March 4, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
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  13. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=787022
  14. ^ a b c Hernandez, Efrain (November 3, 1993). "Scondras is apparent council loser". The Boston Globe. p. 1. Retrieved March 4, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  15. ^ a b c "No changes after council recounts". The Boston Globe. November 19, 1993. p. 53. Retrieved March 4, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  16. ^ "Recount confirms Saunders victory". The Boston Globe. November 18, 1993. p. 61. Retrieved March 4, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  17. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=787023
  18. ^ "Saunders now seen as winner over Crayton". The Boston Globe. November 8, 1993. p. 1. Retrieved March 4, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  19. ^ "Council winner declared today". The Boston Globe. November 17, 1993. p. 64. Retrieved March 4, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  20. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=787024
  21. ^ https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=787025

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