These City Council candidates have more campaign cash than Tito Jackson

Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe/file 2017

Tito Jackson.

By Globe Staff 

In the days leading up to Tuesday’s preliminary election, it has become obvious that no one will be able to catch up to the fund-raising prowess of Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who still has millions of dollars tucked away in his campaign coffers.

But the candidate to come in second place in fund-raising, however distant, is not his top citywide opponent, Councilor Tito Jackson.


Two City Council candidates have more funds on hand than any of Walsh’s challengers this year, according to state campaign finance records.

Stephen Passacantilli of the North End, who is seeking to replace longtime Councilor Sal LaMattina in District One, has raised about $284,000 since May and had about $118,000 remaining as of mid-September.

And Michael S. Kelley, who is seeking to replace District Two Councilor Bill Linehan, who is also leaving his seat, has raised about $215,000 since February, according to state records. He had about $67,000 by mid-September.

Both candidates, who are seeking their first term in public office, have outpaced Jackson, a city councilor for six years. In 2017, Jackson raised about $199,000 and had about $57,000 in the bank as of Tuesday, according to records.

The totals highlight the difficulties Jackson has had in waging his challenge against an incumbent mayor. Walsh has more than $4 million in his campaign accounts, according to a campaign spokeswoman.


But the totals also demonstrate how the races to fill two seats being vacated by longtime, popular city councilors are heating up.

Passacantilli, whose family is steeped in North End politics, faces Lydia Edwards, an immigrant and workers’ rights lawyer from East Boston. She has raised about $129,000 since April and had about $50,000 in the bank in mid-September. A third candidate, Margaret Farmer, is also running but has not raised nearly those amounts.

Kelley, who used to work for Mayor Thomas M. Menino, is competing against Edward M. Flynn, the son of the former mayor, and several other candidates. Flynn has raised about $155,000 since March, and has about $48,000 in his account.

Five other candidates are also seeking that seat, though they have not raised similar funds.

The only incumbent councilor to face a challenge is Mark S. Ciommo, who has raised about $40,000 this year. He still has about $80,000 in the bank.

Candidates will run in Tuesday’s preliminary elections, and the top two vote recipients — for mayor, and in each City Council district — will proceed to the Nov. 7 municipal elections.

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