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Kim Janey jumps into council race

Kim Janey, a long-time education advocate, said she will make public education and the plight of people being displaced from their homes amid Boston’s building boom key issues in her bid to be the first woman elected to the city council from District 7, which includes Roxbury, the South End and parts of Dorchester.

At her campaign launch this week in Roxbury, Janey sounded a familiar theme – “We Are Stronger Together” – and made the case for why she would be the best person to take the seat being vacated by City Councilor Tito Jackson, who is running for mayor.

“We are at a crossroads. All over our city we are seeking an economic boom,’’ Janey said. “But we are being left out of that prosperity.”


Janey’s official entrance in the race came Tuesday, the last day for potential candidates to pull papers to run for elected office in Boston this year.

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Sixty-six people have pulled papers, but only 22 had been verified by Boston’s Elections Commission by Wednesday evening to have their name on the ballot in the Sept. 26 primary election.

Other candidates still have time. The deadline for submitting signatures is Tuesday. The verification deadline is June 27.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Jackson, his main challenger, have both been confirmed and will be on the ballot. Seven other candidates pulled papers to compete in the race.

Here are the other verified candidates in the council’s three open races:


District 1: Lydia M. Edwards and Stephen Passacantilli will compete to replace Councilor Salvatore LaMattina, who is retiring. Five other candidates pulled papers; one person dropped out.

District 2: Corey G. Dinopoulos, Edward M. Flynn, Joseph E. Kebartas, and Michael S. Kelley are all on the ballot to replace the departing Councilor Bill Linehan. Four other people have pulled papers but have not yet been confirmed to appear on the ballot.

District 7: Janey, Rufus Faulk, Deeqo Jibril, Jose Lopez, Roy Owens, and Domonique A. Williams have been verified and will have their names on the September ballot. Nine other people have pulled papers to replace Jackson.

Meghan E. Irons

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