district 7

Text of Jackson speech at March 26 swearing-in

The following is the text of Tito Jackson's speech, as prepared for delivery, at his swearing-in at Hibernian Hall on Saturday, March 26, 2010.  Read more

District 7’s voters like Jackson in light turnout; Mills vows push to finish

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Feb. 17, 2011

Seven percent of District 7’s registered voters turned out on Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates vying to succeed former City Councillor Chuck Turner to two: Tito Jackson, former aide to Gov. Deval Patrick, and Cornell Mills, a onetime civilian homicide investigator and son of former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson.

Jackson easily slid into first place with 67 percent of the tally, or 1,943 votes, according to unofficial results released by the city’s elections department. Mills squeaked into second place with 271 votes, just ahead of the 258 received by former City Hall aide Danielle Renee Williams.  Read more

CORRECTION: Another District 7 forum

The candidates running for the District 7 seat on the Boston City Council face off again this week, in a Roxbury forum on Wednesday night. Incumbent Chuck Turner and challenger Carlos Henriquez will both be at the Vine St. Community Center at 339 Dudley St. for a 6:30 p.m. forum. The forum is sponsored by the Vine St. Community Council, Think Politics, NAACP and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts. In our original posting, we incorrectly listed the event as happening on Tuesday night. Our apologies.

District 7 candidates' forum scheduled for Wednesday

The two candidates running to represent District 7 face off against one another on Wednesday night in Roxbury. Chuck Turner, who is facing federal corruption charges that he says are false, is running for re-election. Challenger Carlos Henriquez is making his second bid to topple him. The two-hour forum, at Hibernian Hall on Dudley St., starts at 6 p.m. The forum is sponsored by the RoxVote Coalition, the Dudley St. Neighborhood Initiative, and Democratic Ward Committees 9 and 12.

Turner: Bodyguards suggested by staff, meant for ride to polls

District 7 Councilor Chuck Turner said Tuesday the idea of bodyguards on the day of the preliminary election came from staffers concerned about reporters "hounding" him.  Read more

Turner, Henriquez miss deadlines for their campaign finance reports

Incumbent District 7 Councillor Chuck Turner and his challenger, Carlos Henriquez, missed the deadline for campaign finance reports that were due into the city clerk’s office by the end of Monday. Tardy filers could be subject to a fine of $10 for each day a report is late.  Read more

JP Gazette: FBI photo of Turner makes Henriquez 'nervous'

District 7 candidate Carlos Henriquez has often walked around the federal corruption charges levied against Councillor Chuck Turner.

But now he's getting "nervous," he tells the Jamaica Plain Gazette, about the surveillance video that FBI officials released to the press that allegedly shows Turner accepting a $1,000 bribe. (Turner has pleaded not guilty.)

Also: the Gazette reports that Henriquez needs a crash course in campaign finance law and how it works.

Local NOW PAC endorses Henriquez and three for at-large

The political action committee of the Boston chapter of MassNOW (National Organization for Women) has endorsed three candidates running for City Council At-Large: former Kerry aide Ayanna Pressley; Felix Arroyo, son of the city councillor; and Tito Jackson, a Patrick administration official. Most interesting is their endorsement of Carlos Henriquez, who is running against incumbent District 7 Councillor Chuck Turner. BostonNOW is one of nine local MassNOW chapters.

Behind the scenes of Wilkerson, Turner arrests

Or, the case of the mysterious white van:

Federal prosecutors have offered a behind-the-scenes look at the arrests of former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson and District 7 City Councillor Chuck Turner in response to a judge questioning their methods in hauling the two politicians in on corruption charges.  Read more