Primaries Two Weeks Away, But A Backup Plan For A Few City Council Candidates

Two weeks left to settle nine Democratic primaries in 10 City Council districts. What have you heard from the candidates? In a couple of districts, however, challengers will have another crack at it if things don’t go their way on September 12.

In the Black Rock/West End 130th District Christina Smith and Pete Spain are challenging party-endorsed Scott Burns and Rowan Kane. Smith and Spain are also approved petitioning candidates for the November general election. So if they do not prevail in the primary they have a second bite of the apple in November. If Smith and Spain win they automatically go on to the general election and will not appear as petitioning candidates. But there’s always a chance for a split in the 130th District. The two City Council candidates with the most votes in each district go on to the general election.

Incumbent councilwoman from the North End 135th District Mary McBride-Lee has also been approved as a petitioning candidate for November.

Here’s the lineup for September 12, the first two candidates are endorsed running on Line A.

130: Scott Burns and Rowan Kane; Line B, Christina Smith and Pete Spain.

131: Jack Banta and Denese Taylor-Moye; Line B, Jorge Cruz.

132: Evette Brantley and Rolanda Smith; Line B, Marcus Brown and Kyle Langan.

133: Michael DeFilippo and Jeanette Herron ; Line B, Bob Keeley and Anne Pappas Phillips.

135: Rosalina Christy and Darrett Evans Moss; Line B, Mary McBride-Lee and Richard Salter.

136: Alfredo Castillo and Maria Zambrano-Viggiano; Line B, Joe Casco.

137: Aidee Nieves and Maria Valle; Line B, Hector Diaz and Milta Feliciano.

138: Line A, no candidates; Line B, Anthony Paoletto and Nessah Smith; Line C, Karen Jackson and Samia Suliman.

139: James Holloway and Eneida Martinez; Line B, Ernie Newton, Line C, Wanda Simmons.

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11 comments

      1. What’s a matter Grin?
        Sour grapes?
        With the history of Absentee Ballot abuses and other election gimmicks, if a primary challenger qualifies they should be automatically qualified and it would take a positive action to turn down the spot not the opposite.

          1. How original!
            Just changing the date on the elections calendar to give sufficient time between the primary election and the deadline for filing petitions to run in the general would be fine.
            Otherwise, when you need more signatures to run in the primary than you do in the general, this rule makes no sence.
            Who it the Grin Ripper?
            MARIO TESTA???

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