BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A candidate for one of Boston City Council’s at-large seats is calling for a recount.
Immigrant rights advocate and former schoolteacher Alejandra St. Guillen initially conceded defeat to political newcomer Julia Mejia late Tuesday.
Shortly before midnight, however, St. Guillen called for a recount when election tallies showed that she was trailing Mejia by just 10 votes.
Both women were looking to become the first Latina on the council and usher in the first-ever majority of women in Boston City Council history.
"We are so proud of the campaign we ran, and in order to fight for a better Boston for all, every vote needs to be counted, and we are requesting a recount," said St. Guillen. "This campaign engaged thousands of voters across this city to ultimately be separated by just 10 voters. Every voter who came out and cast a ballot - whether it be absentee, in the voting booth, or provisionally - deserves a full and complete count."
In other Election Day results, the three incumbent city councilors—Michelle Wu, Annissa Essaibi-George, and Michael Flaherty—all returned to their at-large seats.
Liz Breadon won the District 9 seat over Craig Cashman, Ricardo Arroyo defeated Maria Esdale Farrell to win District 5, and Kenzie Bok claimed victory in District 8 over Jennifer Nassour.