As incumbent District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson was announcing his mayoral bid yesterday, two new candidates emerged for his council seat.
Both Hassan Williams and Joao DePina filed papers with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance to mark the creation of campaign committees. The registration does not necessarily mean they will run in the September preliminary; the city elections department does not release nominating petitions unitl May 2.
They join Rufus Faulk, Kim Janey and Charles Clemons Muhammad in running for the two-year seat in this fall's elections. The Bay State Banner reports several other people are considering bids as well.
Williams, an attorney, ran unsuccessfully against state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz in 2010 and organized a campaign for mayor in 2013.
DePina, who owns a local floral shop, is active on the Ward 12 Democratic Committee.