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Here’s who won the ballots for the 2021 Boston City Council election


Four extraordinary seats and three district seats are up for grabs on the Boston City Council in November.

Michael Flaherty, Julia Mejia, Ruthzee Louijeune, Erin Murphy, Carla Monteiro, David Halbert, Althea Garrison and Bridget Nee-Walsh will vie for four seats on Boston City Council in November. Courtesy photos

After a long night of waiting, Boston has reduced the list of 17 city council candidates to eight who will be on the ballot in November. In the upcoming general election on November 2, voters will select four of the eight nomadic candidates who moved after Tuesday’s primary.

In addition, in Districts 4, 6 and 7, voters will choose from among the two candidates who have obtained voting places in races for each of those district seats.

Here are the candidates who will qualify for the Boston City Council finals, according to unofficial results from the City of Boston:


1. Michael Flaherty

Incumbent Michael Flaherty has served on the board since 2013 and served from 2000 to 2008. He narrowly finished ahead of the poll yesterday with 14.99% of the vote, according to unofficial results.

Flaherty, 55, is from South Boston and is a graduate of Boston College High School, Boston College and Boston University School of Law. He told his top three priorities were creating affordable housing, improving public schools and a fair recovery from COVID-19.

2. Julia Mejia

Incumbent Julia Mejia has served as a general city councilor since 2020 and is the first Afro-Latina to sit on city council. Mejia followed closely behind Flaherty with 14.07% of the vote, finishing second in the poll on Tuesday.

Mejia, 51, graduated from Boston Public School and then attended Mount Ida College. She told that her top three priorities are economic empowerment, civic engagement and civil rights, which she said were also top priorities for the council during her first term.

3. Ruthzea Loujeune

Ruthzee Louijeune will qualify for the Boston City Council race after finishing third in the ballot with around 12% of the vote. Louijeune, 35, is a lawyer and this is the first time that she is running for a seat on the city council.

Louijeune was born and raised in Hyde Park and Mattapan and is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School. She told that her top three priorities are housing, education and access to the city’s contract dollars.

4. Erin Murphy

Erin Murphy is a first-time candidate for city council and placed fourth on the ballot yesterday. Murphy, 51, is currently a public school teacher in the Boston Public School System, where she has taught for over 22 years. She won 8.29% of the vote in the preliminary elections.

A native of Dorchester and a single mother of four, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a degree in Business Administration, History and Elementary Education, before receiving her Masters of Education from Fitchburg State College. She told that her top three priorities are education, public health and voter services.

5. Carla Monteiro

Carla Monteiro, 38, is originally from Boston and currently works as a social worker in addiction care at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and in emergency psychiatric care for young people at Boston Children’s Hospital. Originally from Boston, she lives in Dorchester with her partner and son. Monteiro finished fifth in the poll with 6.84% of the vote.

She attended Quincy College to earn an Associate’s Degree in Social Work, then earned a Social Work Degree from Bridgewater State University and a Masters of Social Work from Boston College. Its top priorities are to address housing instability, disparate educational opportunities, and lack of mental health and addiction resources.

6. David Halbert

David Halbert is running for a seat on city council for the first time and was previously the Outreach Officer for the Educational Justice Institute at MIT. He lives with his wife Lauren and two daughters in Dorchester. Halbert collected 6.14% of the vote, placing sixth.

Halbert is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs. He told that his top three priorities are housing, changing the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program and education.

7. Althea Garrison

Althea Garrison is a former City Councilor and was the Massachusetts State Representative from 1992 to 1995. The Dorchester resident was in office in 2019 as one of the City Councilors. She came seventh with 6.1% of the vote.

According to, Garrison’s priorities include affordable housing, supporting homeless seniors and veterans, and addressing issues facing public transportation.

Garrison did not respond to when contacted.

8. Bridget Nee-Walsh

Bridget Nee-Walsh, 42, is a South Boston resident, a union worker and owner of two local businesses. Nee-Walsh is also a first time on the ballot. She is a single mother of a 5 year old daughter. Nee-Walsh finished eighth in the poll with around 5% of the vote.

Nee-Walsh is running for general office to advocate for families and working people. Nee-Walsh told that her top priorities include investments in affordable housing, public education and public safety in the city of Boston.


1. Brian Worrell

The District 4 seat was up for grabs in this election, as incumbent Andrea Campbell stepped down to run for mayor. As a result, nine candidates ran for one of the two places in the upcoming November elections.

Worrell won the first seat with 25% of the vote, leading the pack. Worrell is a real estate broker and small business owner, who enforces policies such as pandemic recovery, food resolution, and efficient transportation.

2. Evandro Carvalho

Evandro Carvalho finished second in the poll with 18% of the vote, securing a spot in the November ballot.

A regular in politics, Carvalho was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Fifth District of Suffolk, from 2014 to 2019. Most recently, Carvalho was the executive director of the city’s Human Rights Commission, to which he was appointed by the former mayor. Marty Walsh.

Economic empowerment and justice, home ownership, and police reforms including social justice are some of the policies Carvalho is focusing on in his race to represent District 4.


1. Kendra Hicks

Kendra Hicks finished first in the District 6 Councilor Primary race by over 1,000 votes. Hicks, a first-generation black Dominican woman from the Jamaican Plains, placed ahead of contestants Mary Tamer and Winnie Eke.

Hicks is running for the seat of City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who announced he would not stand for re-election last December. O’Malley approved against Hicks and instead gave his approval to Tamer.

2. Marie Tamer

Mary Tamer, who received around 43% of the vote, will also appear on the ballot in November. Tamer, who is running the ballot for the first time, is from West Roxbury and was a member of the Boston school committee as well as president of the League of Women Voters of Boston.


1. Tania Anderson

Tania Anderson will qualify for the Nov. 2 election after placing first in the District 7 City Council race, according to a statement sent by her campaign. Anderson won with around 2,000 votes and a clear majority.

“I entered this race to fight for the issues that matter to my community. We need to tackle soaring housing costs, we need to improve our public schools, and we need to dismantle the structural racism and systemic inequalities that have held back our community, ”Anderson said in a statement. “These issues are personal to me as a mother, as a nonprofit organization leader and as an activist. Tonight’s results show that they are also personal to our community. “

2. Roy Owens Sr.

In a close race for the second round of voting, Roy Owens qualified for the November election after beating Angelina Camacho by just 28 votes. Owens was also vying for the post of city councilor, but did not cast the ballot for the eight available positions.