Globe Editorial

Redundancy: Jackson for council -- again

March 12, 2011

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A dismal 7 percent of registered voters turned out in last month’s preliminary election for an open Boston City Council seat. Voters in District 7 get another shot Tuesday when the top two vote-getters — Tito Jackson and Cornell Mills — face off in the final election.

Jackson, 35, is the best choice for the seat, which became vacant after former councilor Chuck Turner’s bribery conviction. His experience as a job-creation specialist for the state economic development office is a good fit for District 7, which includes Roxbury and parts of the South End, Dorchester, and the Fenway. Jackson’s deep roots in Roxbury and upbeat style relay confidence that he understands the problems of his neighbors and can help them at City Hall. High on his to-do list are public transit and library improvements in Roxbury’s Dudley Square, which is slated for significant public investment over the next few years.

The low profile of this race once again calls into question the wisdom of even holding a second council election when one candidate gets more than half the vote in a nonpartisan primary; Jackson got 67 percent last month. But under current law, there’s another election. District 7 voters should turn out Tuesday for Tito Jackson, who has the better grip on the economic issues facing the district.