Tito Jackson became Boston’s newest city councilor as he rode into victory, cruising challenger Cornel Mills. (Eric Esteves photo)
Heavy favorite Tito Jackson easily beat Cornell Mills in the District 7 city council race to replace the ousted Chuck Turner.
A former aide to Gov. Deval Patrick and son of a community activist, Jackson earned 82 percent of the vote. Mills, the son of former state senator Dianne Wilkerson, could only pull 556 votes while Jackson earned 2,829. Less than 3,500 people voted in the special election; more than 30,000 people are on the active voting rolls.
The special election was called after Chuck Turner was convicted of accepting a bribe and lying to federal agents last year in a government corruption scandal that also saw Wilkerson plead guilty. Wilkerson began serving her three-year sentence last week. Turner is expected to surrender on March 25.
Waging an aggressive, well-staffed campaign, Tito Jackson won a landslide victory in the preliminary balloting for the District 7 City Council seat vacated by Chuck Turner.
Jackson garnered 67 percent of the vote in the 7-way race, with 1,943 of the 2,886 votes cast. Cornell Mills, who will face off against Jackson in the March 15 election, received 9 percent with 271 votes, beating out third-place finisher Danielle Williams by just 13 votes. More »
The candidates running in next week's District 7 special election have staked out distinct positions: inside player with connections downtown, or independent voice, fighting to put the community's needs first.
At least that's the picture that's emerging in debates and conversations among supporters of candidates Tito Jackson and Cornell Mills. More »