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City Council elections, the morning after

Election night 2015: Boston City Council

Yancey vows to keep working for a high school in Mattapan, WGBH reports. WGBH reports on Campbell's path to victory, adds mayoral aide Joyce Linehan welcomes the "nice change of culture" that comes with having two more women on the council.

The Globe reports from Murphy's party at Doyle's in JP.

Over at the Herald, Howie Carr, who yesterday called on voters to stick it to the Globe and re-elect Murphy (for some reason ignoring the fact that his own paper didn't endorse him either), is silent today.

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He's 100% going to land on his feet with some patronage type job right?

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we'll make him may-ah

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Now that the election is over, former Councilor Charles Yancey plans to call for an urgent review of the impacts.

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I can't recall too many instances where he backed a winner.

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source....

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How do we demand a recount?

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Unable to think of anyone else's address, I wrote in my own damn name. I only lost by a few votes!

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That's how many voters thought someone else would do a better job. I wonder if he'll even bother to realize this. Well, the people of district 2 only have ourselves to blame.

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Even better are the 2700 no votes. Linehan only convinced 3600 people to mark his name. He split the vote 60/40 with NOBODY.

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The WGBH article says that Joyce Linehan made the comment about the welcome change.

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Thanks for spotting that, fixed.

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Why don't more people run for City Council? While I'm beyond excited to get rid of Steve Murphy, I'm not thrilled with Essaibi-George, not a fan of Flaherty, and lukewarm at best on Wu. Plus, there are plenty of districts beyond 4 that could use a shakeup. We really couldn't find a single name to challenge the incumbent in five districts?

Is it the cost of running a campaign? Too hard to get on the ballot? Seriously, why do we not have a more heavily contested council race?

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Unless you want an office, staff, advertisements, and mailings.

Other than that, you need 1,500 signatures to run at large or 200 signatures to run in a district, all of which of course have to come from registered Boston voters. Your name's on the ballot, and now you can see what the people who cast blank ballots were really thinking.

In the olden days, all sorts of shlubs used to run for office. It's boring now.

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For me, it's the fear of having my employer say, "Oh, you're doing that? Well then you obviously can't focus on your job here. Bye!".

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Word has it that conservative Mark Ciommo will run for CC president and so will one of the progressives. Given the make-up of the new council it will be close and Michelle Wu's vote may tip the balance one way or the other.
Progressives have been angry with her for two years about her vote for Linehan, and his behavior blocking the council from getting the Olympics financials showed just how powerful the CC can be. Michelle has been on Ways & Means with Mark and he's sure to pressure her. But Ciommo is just like Linehan with more questionable use of his campaign spending account. Stay tuned.

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She was one of the top two vote getters city wide so people should want to work with her, not the other way around.

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Maybe "Guest" meant to say "Will Wu RULE the Day?" ?

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Why not Wu?

By pragmatically supporting Linehan, she is the moderate on the council. She can bridge the gap.

But does she want to be president?

Other than that, Vaughn is right. She is the king (or queen) maker.

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Matt OMalley will win the presidency

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council prez.

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