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Contested District Races


District 2

Bill Linehan

Linehan was elected to the council in May of 2007. He has served as the chairman of the City of Boston Economic and Planning Committee and served as the chairman of the Redistricting Committee. Prior to his election, Linehan had served as the director of operations for the City of Boston’s Parks Department and most recently as the special assistant to the chief operating officer of the City of Boston for the past six years. He has been active in politics since his teenage years.

Suzanne Lee

Lee is a community advocate and educator with a long record of reforming public schools. As a principal, she led a high-profile turnaround of the Baldwin School, transforming a low-achieving and divided school into a nationwide model for reform. She also headed the Josiah Quincy School, which was named one of the top schools in Massachusetts. She is dedicated to working for stronger schools, good jobs and affordable neighborhoods.

District 4

Charles C. Yancey

Yancey was first elected to the council in 1983 and began serving his 14th term in office in 2010. He is currently dean of the Council, serving longer than any current member of the body. He is chair of the Post Audit & Oversight Committee and vice chair of the City, Neighborhood Services & Veterans Affairs Committee. He is also vice chairman of the Ingersoll Browne Fund. He served as president of the City Council in 2001.

Terrance Williams

Williams has worked for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission for over 25 years and he also worked for the Suffolk County Sheriff Department for just under a decade. His campaign efforts have focused on improving education in the community, working closer with police and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses.

District 5

Timothy McCarthy

McCarthy has over 20 years of service in a number of Boston departments. He began his career with the city of Boston in the Office of Neighborhood Services. He then served as director of the Boston Youth Fund for 10 years and helped create a nationally recognized web-based registration program, the HOPELINE. Most recently, he works in the Department of Public Works and has led the Big Belly Solar Power trash initiative for the last five years. He is also an elected member of the City of Boston Credit Union.

Jean-Claude Sanon

Sanon is a licensed realtor, has worked as a legal assistant in the law industry and as a coordinator and teacher for the Haitian American Public Health Initiative. He started his own business in 2005, Avant-Garde, which provides interpretation/translation of immigration, legal and other documents. His focuses include education and health care.

District 7

Tito Jackson

Jackson was elected to the council in November 2011 during a special election. He has worked as a sales and marketing professional, as well as the industry director for information technology at Governor Deval Patrick’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. He chair of the Post Audit and Oversight Committee, and vice chair of the Education Committee. He has focused on economic revitalization.

Roy Owens

Owens has worked as teacher in Boston Public Schools, as a social worker in the Department of Public Welfare and in law enforcement in the Department of Corrections. He is the founder of many community organizations, including the Woodville Neighborhood Association, the Citywide Parents Advisory Council and Save the Children Ministries. He focuses on youth support, public safety and health care.

Jamarhl Crawford
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Crawford is well known in Boston as a poet, hip-hop artist, community activist and publisher of, a newspaper dedicated to Boston’s black community. He started the “Feed the Hood/Feed The People” and “Fill Your Fridge” programs and has worked to promote anti-violence.