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Yet another potential candidate emerges for Roxbury council seat

James Jackson last week filed papers with the state for a campaign for the District 7 city-council seat Tito Jackson is giving up this fall.

By our count, that makes 11 candidates for the seat in the fall elections, but we could be missing one or two or a dozen. The candidates don't really become official until they return signatures on the petitions the city elections department isn't releasing until next month.

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if we keep this up there will be 913 people running for D7.

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if we keep this up there will be 913 people running for D7.

That might happen, but remember, you don't have to run if you don't want to, or even vote if you don't want to. It's your choice. There is a movement to encourage more people to run for office, which on the whole I think is a good thing and an essential step in reclaiming democracy. Will they all have the chops? Hell no, but on the other hand, when a rich man with not one minute of public service to his credit can be elected president, we should be promoting public service rather than shrugging and saying "leave it to the professionals".

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What are you going on about?!?

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The more engaged people from District 7 the better District 7 will be served.

The only negative is theZak will crash UHub with the electronic listing.

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I'm not mad that there are so many people running, I can't keep tract of all the people who have declared for D7, of course the we will find out who makes it onto the ballot in Late June, it will be easier to tract then.

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In theory you could place 1st or 2nd with 600 votes in the primary, assuming there is a decent split of the vote.

Under 4,500 voted in the 2015 general for this seat, only 2,122 voted in the primary.

On the upside, no more of Tito's awful, awful election year pandering.

It's a win win baby.

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More Candidates please... advocating for greater open government at Boston City Council and at Cambridge City Council. 29 possible Boston Candidates so far and 26 Cambridge Candidates so far at
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Boston City Council Meetings could be held around the neighborhoods, not just at Boston City Hall. Cambridge City Council Meetings could be held around the neighborhoods, not just at Cambridge City Hall. Technology and software are now well advanced for making metropolitan area municipal government ever more open.

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Lining up at the trough. $100k a year certainly draws more interest than $60k!

All the "consultants", sign printers, steakhouses, etc are salivating at all the campaign donations that will be funneled into their pockets.

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What about the other seats? I know a bunch of people are lining up for Linehan's seat, but there are 13 city councilors. We've also only got one challenger for mayor. Where is everybody? Cambridge has one sixth Boston's population, but gets way more candidates.

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First, the City Council is completely at large, so you are never truly running against anyone, only for an office.

Second, their chief executive is unelected. The city manager does all the nitty gritty things, while the "mayor" is one of the city councillors with a nice title and a bully pulpit.

As for why most of the seats will be unopposed, I don't get it either. Basically, you get the signature and you are on the ballot. Being a serious candidate costs money and time, but getting on the ballot isn't hard at all. I suppose it's similar to how most members of the General Court and our Congressional delegation skate every 2 years (and mind you, some on the City Council think being up for election every 2 years is onerous). Sad really.

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