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Attorney moves into Charles Yancey’s City Council turf

In this a sleepy election year, the Boston City Council race set for November is barely getting noticed. But in District 4, things are getting intriguing.

The contest features political neophyte Andrea Joy Campbell, a 32-year-old Mattapan attorney, seeking to unseat City Councilor Charles Yancey, a 66-year-old stalwart of the council for more than three decades.

Most recently, Campbell, who served on the legal team for former governor Deval Patrick, has decided to move into Yancey’s turf and has opened up her campaign headquarters in Fields Corner.

“It’s exciting to have a space that will be open to all supporters and residents who want to get involved or learn more,’’ Campbell said in a statement.

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But Yancey’s supporters said they are not worried, citing his community and organizing connections. Yancey is known as the dean of the council, an acknowledgement to the fact that he is the longest serving councilor. He’s been elected to office 16 times.

For many years, he was known as the Mattapan councilor because District 4 included most of the neighborhood and small swath of Dorchester. But District 4 was revised two years ago and now encompasses a small section of Mattapan, and parts of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Roslindale.

When Yancey ran to keep his council seat and serve as mayor in 2013, he got more votes for councilor than mayor.

But Campbell is pressing on. She has youth and three times more money in her campaign bank account — $34,000 as of June 1 — than Yancey.

Yancey reported a little more than $13,000 for the same period, according to the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.


Meghan E. Irons can be reached at meghan.irons@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons.