Jackson, Mills Will Vie To Replace Turner

By Phillip Martin

Feb. 16, 2011

A Tito Jackson supporter holds a sign near a Roxbury polling location as voters made their picks in the primary for the special election for the District 7 City Council seat. Jackson won the day in a landslide. (Phillip Martin/WGBH)

BOSTON — Tito Jackson and Cornell Mills will face off next month in the special election to fill the City Council seat left open when Chuck Turner was voted off the body laste last year.

After Tuesday's primary, Jackson emerged the clear winner with over 60 percent of the vote. Mills is the son of former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, who, like Turner, was convicted on federal corruption charges and sentenced to prison time. He narrowly edged out candidate Danielle Williams to win a spot in the final election.  

Aisha Ellis cast a vote for the day's top vote-getter, Tito Jackson, at the Higginson-Lewis School in Roxbury. (Phillip Martin/WGBH)

Turnout was light at thepolls in Roxbury, and parts of the Fenway, the South End, and Dorchester. As of 4 p.m., less than 1,800 among the district's 41,000 eligible voters had cast ballots.
Aisha Ellis of Dorchester was among a sprinkling of voters that braved the cold to cast her vote.  She showed up at the Higginson-Lewis School on Walnut in Roxbury with her mind made up -- for the most part.

"I know Tito and Cornell, and they're going against each other so it's kind of tough."

But Ellis is going for Jackson. 

"He's been in it longer, he's been in the run longer."

The general election is set for March 15.

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