Hundreds of people are lined up, waiting to pour into charter buses queuing in the sprawling parking lot of Jubilee Christian Church in Mattapan. Councilor Charles C. Yancey is right there with them.
He is in his element here, mingling with his core constituency as they head for an event tailored to senior citizens. His campaign fliers — those for his mayoral bid, not for his reelection to the City Council — are swatted away at the suggestion that these folks do not know who he is or what he stands for.
Many of them have histories with Yancey that stretch nearly the length of his 30-year tenure representing parts of Dorchester and Mattapan on the council. They do not want campaign literature. They want hugs. They want to swap stories about the kids (he’s got four) and the grandkids (he’s got five).
“I don’t need one of those,” said Janie Gibbs as Yancey went to hand her a leaflet with his family’s picture at the top.
“But you can give it to somebody else,” Yancey told her after a quick embrace.
You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month
Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.
- High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
- Convenient access across all of your devices
- Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
- Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
- Less than 25¢ a week