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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Kim Janney will not be an ‘incumbent’ on Boston ballot

Acting Mayor Kim Janney helped move her from her big new office to the front of the mayor-race pack — but she’s not going to get any help on the actual ballot that won’t recognize her as the city’s chief executive.

Jenny’s ballot line will not include the word “incumbent” and will be identified as “current district councillor,” according to the city, which has a picture for Friday’s ballot position. It’s similar to many of its competitors, which means it won’t have some of the big visibility and branding benefits provided by its office in this regard.

Jenny remains a District 7 councillor, which she was elected in 2017. He is still the council president, having been elected in January 2020 by his fellow councillors. The acting mayor is one of the council president’s functions when there is a vacancy in the larger office. — as then-Mayor Martin Walsh left on March 22 to become the US Secretary of Labor. Jenny, following precedent, has become inactive on the council as she takes on the duties of acting mayor.

Jenny generally takes steps to avoid the “acting” characterization, with all town stuff reading “Mayor Kim Jenny” and her campaign website highlighting only “Mayor Jenny”.

But the city says these are the rules for the ballot: “Candidate statements may occur only if a person has been elected to the position.”

Three other councilors running for mayor will have the same ballots as Jenny. According to their campaigns, Anissa Esabi-George would be the “current councilor at-large” and Michel Wu would be the “current councillor”. It was unclear on Thursday exactly how Andrea Campbell, who is a district councillor, and John Barros, the city’s former economic development director, would appear.

A lottery at City Hall in the afternoon will determine the list order of candidates for mayor and other municipal offices, including the top most sought-after spot on each.

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