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Former councilor Yancey may also run for register of deeds

Ousted Boston City Councilor Charles C. Yancey may run for Suffolk County Register of Deeds. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

They’re down, but not out.

Another ousted Boston city councilor may run for Suffolk County register of deeds.

Charles C. Yancey recently went to the secretary of state’s office and pulled nomination papers, according to a spokesman for the secretary of state. Pulling nomination papers is the first step in gathering signatures to qualify for September’s Democratic primary.

But Yancey is keeping his options open: The 16-term city councilor told election officials he may run for register or for Congress. Yancey did not return a phone message Thursday seeking comment.

If Yancey joins the race for register, he may face his former colleague, Stephen J. Murphy. They served 18 years together on the City Council but both lost reelection bids in November.


Murphy told the Globe last week he was considering a run for register. The county office became vacant after register Francis “Mickey” Roache resigned Dec. 31 after 13 years in office. The position is well-compensated: Roache was paid nearly $124,000 in 2015, according to payroll records.

The register is responsible for recording real estate transactions in Suffolk County. Since Roache’s resignation, Thomas M. Ryan has served as temporary register.

If Yancey has Potomac Fever and runs for Congress, he would be forced to challenge an incumbent. Yancey resides in the district of US Representative Michael E. Capuano, the former Somerville mayor serving his ninth term in Congress.

Andrew Ryan can be reached at acryan@globe.com .