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Boston Globe - City candidates line up for fall elections

Boston Globe  City candidates line up for fall elections

At least three Boston city councilors – including two who are serving their first terms – can breathe a little easier: They officially have no challengers in the fall election, and can coast their way to another two years in office.

Tuesday was the last day for candidates for the nine district and four at-large seats to turn in signatures to qualify for the November election and, if necessary, a preliminary election.

And while elections officials were still reviewing paperwork to determine who will officially qualify for the election, this much was clear: No one challenged nine-year Councilor Matt O’Malley, whose district is largely based in Jamaica Plain; or freshmen Councilors Lydia Edwards, who represents Charlestown, the North End and East Boston; and Edward Flynn, who represents South Boston and Chinatown.

The three candidates said they will continue to work for voters. “I love this job, I love this district, and it is an honor to continue to represent District 1,” Edwards said. “While I am not formally opposed, I will continue to work hard, be present, and tackle every-day problems for my constituents.”

O’Malley also said he and his campaign still plan to knock on doors to ask for votes, and have embarked on a new initiative to highlight the work of nonprofit groups in the neighborhood.

“There are two ways to run for office, scared and unopposed, and I’ve done both,” he said, repeating a favorite adage, “and while I don’t want to take anything for granted, it’s gratifying to know I’ve earned the trust of my constituents and neighbors.”

Candidates have expressed interest in other districts, though city officials say it could take several days before all candidates have been qualified.

updated: 3 months ago