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Edwards Captures East Boston Council Seat

Lydia Edwards was elected Tuesday night.
Lydia Edwards was elected Tuesday night.
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City Housing official Lydia Edwards has won the race to represent East Boston, Charlestown and the North End on the Boston City Council next year.

Edwards prevailed over the North End's Stephen Passacantilli by 730 votes, about 6 percent. Edwards received 6,897 votes to Passacantilli's 6,167 vote total.

Edwards told a crowd of supporters gathered at Kelley's Square Pub in East Boston Tuesday night that her campaign was built on values.

"We never apologized for our diversity, we never apologized for being inclusive, we never apologized for being progressive. We never apologize!" Edwards said.

Facebook Live video courtesy of WGBH News' Mike Deehan.

An East Boston resident, Edwards is the deputy director of Mayor Walsh's Office of Housing and Stability.

Passacantilli is a City Hall transportation official and civic activist.

Edwards and Passacantilli finished only 77 votes apart in the September preliminary election, with Passacantilli receiving 46.97 percent of the vote to Edwards' 45.98 percent.

Edwards will succeed the retiring Councilor Sal LaMattina in the district council seat anchored in East Boston. She becomes the first African-American to win in a district outside of two based in Roxbury and Dorchester.

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