June 15, 2024

Politics

Henry Santana, John FitzGerald, Enrique Pepén, and Ben Weber all declared victory Tuesday night time.

Enrique Pepén celebrated his victory Tuesday night time at Guira y Tambora in Roslindale. He’ll signify District 5 as a Metropolis Council member. Barry Chin/Boston Globe

A variety of new faces had been added to the Boston Metropolis Council Tuesday, at the same time as incumbents claimed many victories in a race the place candidates put subjects like public security and affordability entrance and heart. 

4 at-large council seats had been up for grabs, with three incumbents working: Ruthzee Louijeune, Julia Mejia, and Erin Murphy. All three appeared to safe victory Tuesday night time in keeping with unofficial outcomes from the town. The fourth spot got here all the way down to Bridget Nee-Walsh and Henry Santana. 

Santana declared victory simply after 10:30 p.m. with Mayor Michelle Wu by his side. He not too long ago served as director of the Boston’s Workplace of Civic Organizing. Santana mentioned he is aware of firsthand how tough it may be to reside within the metropolis amid rising housing costs. Entry to public housing was important as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, and dwelling in public housing as a baby “actually frames” his considering, Santana informed The Boston Globe. He helps lease stabilization and “sturdy” tenant protections. On the subject of public security, Santana desires stricter gun legal guidelines and extra funding in youth employment. 

John FitzGerald gained the District 3 race, triumphing over Joel Richards amid the tones of bagpipes at an area pub. His victory was first referred to as by The Dorchester Reporter simply earlier than 9 p.m. FitzGerald, a deputy director on the Boston Planning & Growth Company, campaigned on a platform of expertise as a consequence of his 17 years in Metropolis Corridor. His platform closely centered on preserving households within the metropolis amid rising housing prices, partially by empowering first-time dwelling patrons. Seen because the extra centrist of the 2 candidates, FitzGerald touted his means to place variations apart and work with colleagues to regain the general public’s confidence in Metropolis Council.  

Enrique Pepén was elected as the following councilor to signify District 5, declaring victory round 9:30 p.m. over Jose Ruiz. Earlier than working, Pepén served as the top of Boston’s Workplace of Neighborhood Providers below Wu. When interviewed by Boston.com, he harassed the necessity to focus housing efforts on on a regular basis individuals, not “builders or multimillionaire traders.” The town ought to fund extra nonprofit builders who can commit to creating housing extra reasonably priced, he mentioned. He additionally cited the necessity for “holistic” public security options similar to violence intervention teams, community-led after-school programming, and assist packages for juveniles charged with crimes.

In District 6, Ben Weber claimed victory over William King simply earlier than 9 p.m. Weber, a progressive from Jamaica Plain, is getting into electoral politics after a profession as a employees’ rights lawyer. He informed the Globe earlier this fall that present District 6 councilor Kendra Lara was not spending sufficient time with constituents, and that he would carry a concentrate on training to his function on Metropolis Council. Weber informed Boston.com that advocating for an equitable distribution of assets throughout the metropolis’s public faculty system was one in all his prime priorities, together with bettering entry to reasonably priced housing by way of the town housing voucher program. 

Incumbent Tania Fernandes Anderson is all however sure to proceed to signify District 7 after defeating Althea Garrison, in keeping with unofficial outcomes posted by the town late Tuesday night time. Fernandes Anderson didn’t reply to questions from Boston.com earlier than this election. However in 2021, she informed the Globe that housing, public security, and local weather justice had been her prime priorities. She has been one of the vocally progressive members of Metropolis Council since getting elected. 

Unofficial outcomes late Tuesday night time confirmed that Incumbent Sharon Durkan appeared prone to as soon as once more fend off Montez Haywood in District 8. The 2 ran towards one another in July after Kenzie Bok was tapped to go the Boston Housing Authority. Durkan, a political organizer and fundraiser, gained slightly below 70 % of that vote. She informed Boston.com that her prime two priorities are reasonably priced housing and local weather resilience. In an interview with the Globe, she mentioned she approached her election with a way of urgency and has hit the bottom working since this summer season. She identified the truth that she filed listening to orders coping with stormwater and flooding, in addition to psychological well being companies for metropolis employees.

Incumbent Liz Breadon had a large lead late Tuesday night time, in keeping with unofficial outcomes posted by the town. She would declare victory over Jacob deBlecourt to signify District 9. Breadon informed Boston.com within the run-up to election day that housing and transportation had been her prime priorities. Allston-Brighton has a “time-sensitive alternative” to develop new workforce housing and enhance current residential properties as new industrial and analysis services transfer into the neighborhood. Allston-Brighton has among the largest populations of renters within the metropolis, and Breadon mentioned it must turn into extra fascinating for individuals trying to quiet down long-term. 

Gabriela Coletta, Ed Flynn, and Brian Worrell all ran unopposed in Districts 1, 2, and 4, respectively.