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Boston's '09 Ballot -- Your Candidates

The counting and verifying have been done (give the city elections department some props for that) and candidates have been certified for the ballot.

Only the "Big Four" qualified for mayor: Tom Menino, Michael Flaherty, Kevin McCrae, and Sam Yoon.

Garreth Saunders and William Feegbeh both turned in enough raw signatures, but ended up with too few to qualify. They can ask for a review.

15 people will vie for the four at-large council seats: Doug Bennett, Robert Fortes, Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Andrew Kenneally, Scotland Willis, Sean Ryan, Ego Ezedi, Tomas Gonzalez, Felix Arroyo, Hiep Nguyen, Jean-Claude Sanon, Bill Trabucco, Ayanna Pressley, and Tito Jackson.

Four others who failed to qualify had enough raw signatures (over 1500) that they can ask for review: Natalie Carithers, Peter Lin-Marcus, Jaha Huges, and Shunaiber Tauhid.

Those four all might have made it under the old 500 requirement. I do kind of feel bad for them -- but then again, they knew the requirement and they should have done more to get it done.

Now, for the district races. Unopposed incumbents Bill Linehan (dist. 2), Maureen Feeney (dist. 3), Robert Consalvo (dist. 5), and John Tobin (dist. 6) are all qualified for the ballot. In district 4, Charles Yancey appears to have escaped a challenge: Shaun O. Harrison did not qualify, although he is eligible for a review.

In District 1, incumbent Sal LaMattinna will face Christian Kulikoski and Laura Garza. In District 7, Chuck Turner faces Carlos Henriquez, Althea Garrison, and Roy Owens; David James Wyatt failed to qualify but can review. Oscar Brookins qualified to challenge Michael Ross in District 8. And all three challengers qualified in District 9, along with incumbent Mark Ciommo: Benjamin Ian Norodnick, Abigail Furey, and Alex Selvig.

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