We watched the District 7 City Council Special Election with great interest here at ONEin3, so we are excited to wish Tito Jackson and Cornell Mills a heartfelt congratulations for making it to the general election
We wish them both all the best in the general on March 15th.
And boy do we ONEin3ers have an opportunity on March 15th.
With all the votes counted, Jackson took first place with 1,943 votes to Mills’ 271.
In other words, the top two vote-getters in District 7 pulled in 2,214 votes together. Combine all the other votes and we have a grand total of 2,886.
That’s not very many votes. Apparently it’s 7% of District 7′s registered voters.
I took a look through ONEin3′s Census data from 2000 and made some rough calculations for District 7. Please bear in mind that these are very rough and based on older (although I bet it’s close to accurate) data.
Here’s what I came up with:
Based on the map on page 17 of this data set, 6.5% of the 195,000 people in the ONEin3 population lives in Roxbury and another 5.2% lives in the South End. District 7 covers most of Roxbury, part of the South End, part of the Kenmore/Fenway area and a little corner of North Dorchester.
Let’s be conservative and say that 8.5% of Boston’s 196,000 ONEin3ers live in District 7.
Well, that’s about 16,575 people, which is almost 6 times the total number of voters in yesterday’s preliminary election!
This November, we will have a regular City Council election citywide. Last time we had a Council election in a year when there was no race for Mayor, 13.6% of Boston turned out. ONEin3ers make up double this total number.
We have a political opportunity here.
People, this is our city, all we need to do is VOTE.
It’s almost too simple to be believed, but we can sway literally every election in this town if we want to.
So I propose the ONEin3 Pledge:
“I pledge that I, a committed young Bostonian, will vote in every election for which I am eligible, from City Council to President and everything in between, because my vote and those of my peers will decide Boston’s future.”
Or the Twitter version:
“I pledge to #vote in every election, from City Council to President, because my vote decides #Boston’s future.”
Who’s with me?