The eight finalists for at-large City Council will attend a forum on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at Florian Hall, moderated by State Representative Dan Hunt and POLITICO Massachusetts Reporter Stephanie Murray.
The forum comes after last week’s at-large City Council primary election cut the field of 15 candidates down to eight hopefuls vying for one of the four at-large seats that will be determined by the Nov. 5th general election. Three incumbents and a first-time candidate with City Hall experience made it into the four top slots of at-large candidates in Boston’s preliminary election. Voter turnout was low-- one in ten (eleven percent) of eligible Boston voters participated in the election.
Incumbent Michelle Wu topped the citywide field ticket, finishing with 19 percent of the votes cast. She was followed by incumbents Annissa Essaibi-George and Michael Flaherty, who each collected just under 14 percent. Alejandra St. Guillen, a former member of Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration, secured the fourth slot with just under 9 percent.
Competition for the fifth position was fierce between Julia Mejia (7.7 percent), incumbent Althea Garrison (7.09 percent) and Erin Murphy, who ended up with 6.84 percent. David Halbert earned himself a spot on the November ballot by earning the eighth position at 4.76 percent.
There will be several opportunities for voters to hear the candidates speak before general elections, including the Florian Hall forum. The forum will be hosted by four of Dorchetser’s civic associations in conjunction with the Ward 15 Democratic Committee.