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Clemons comes out on top in ballot order drawing

Charles Clemons was the first candidate to declare for mayor. And on Thursday, a drawing put the TOUCH 106.1 FM co-founder's name at the top of the Sept. 24 mayoral prelim ballot.

Campaign aides working for contenders in mayoral, at-large and district races, along with several curious City Hall insiders, attended the ballot position drawing inside the City Council's chamber.

Bill Walczak, the Codman Square Health Center co-founder, sat in the audience with his wife as Elections Department officials pulled names out of a gold tumbler. Walczak, who lives on Savin Hill, got the No. 2 slot.

The rest of the order: City Councillor Charles Yancey, City Councillor Rob Consalvo, former state Rep. Charlotte Golar Richie, City Councillor Michael Ross, state Rep. Marty Walsh, City Councillor At-Large John Connolly, City Councillor At-Large Felix Arroyo, Roxbury resident David James Wyatt, District Attorney Dan Conley and community organizer John Barros.

There was a separate drawing for the ballot order in the 19-person at-large race and several of the district races. Annissa Essaibi George, owner of the Stitch House in Dorchester and one of several at-large candidates who appeared at the ballot drawing, will get the No. 19 slot. "They saved the best for last," she said with a smile and a shrug.

The full Sept. 24 ballot orders are below: