Boston City Council President and District 4 Councillor Andrea Campbell, who represents parts of Dorchester and Mattapan, Roslindale and Jamaica Plain, is facing off against first-time candidate Jeff Durham in next Tuesday’s municipal election.
First elected as the District 4 councillor in 2015, Campbell was unanimously elected last year as council president, the first African-American woman to serve in this role. She grew up in Boston, attended Boston Public Schools, including Boston Latin School, and graduated from Princeton University and UCLA Law School.
She began her career at a nonprofit in Roxbury, providing free legal services to students and their family. She also has worked as legal counsel in both the public and private sectors, and before running for a city council seat, she was deputy legal counsel in for Governor Deval Patrick. She now resides in Mattapan with her family.
Durham, 45, says that if elected he will take up his priorities: constituent services, advocacy for new school construction, and improved transportation across the district.
According to his website, Durham, a New York City native, was raised in Roxbury and attended Madison Park High and Tuskegee University. He and his wife live near Codman Square in Dorchester and he works as a media and entertainment consultant. He has been a campaign manager for Jovan Lacet, who has twice challenged state Rep. Dan Cullinane for the 12th Suffolk seat in the House of Representatives.
Last week, he called on Campbell to “give back outside [campaign money],” alleging that he found it “appalling that she raises most of her money from donors who do not live in the district.”
Campbell has not publicly responded to Durham’s criticism.