BOSTON MAYOR ELECTION

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a bill that allows the city of Boston to skip scheduling a special election for mayor after current Mayor Marty Walsh leaves the position to become Labor Secretary in the Biden administration.

Under law, the special election would automatically be triggered if Walsh resigns by March 5.

Supporters said this will save costs incurred by a special election and noted how difficult it is to hold elections during the pandemic. They also noted that two elections for mayor, just a few months apart, is unnecessary and illogical. City Council President Kim Janey will become acting mayor when Walsh leaves and will remain mayor until the election in November. She is planning to be a candidate for mayor.

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