Ricardo Arroyo, son of one former city councilor and brother of another, is looking like he'll be replacing Tim McCarthy in Hyde Park, Roslindale and Mattapan, while Liz Breadon is defeating Craig Cashman in Allston/Brighton in the race to replace Mark Ciommo.
Although the results of the four at-large seats are not yet set, it looks like 8 of the council's 13 seats will soon be held by women, the first time women have made up a majority on the council and a far cry from just seven years ago, when then at-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley was the only woman member. Tonight's results also mean that 7 of the councilors will be people of color, in a city that is now majority minority.
Incumbent at-large councilors Michael Flaherty, Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi-George look to maintain their seats - with Wu in a solid first place, so the Wu-for-mayor bandwagon picks up some speed. The fourth seat, which perennial candidate Althea Garrison took over when Pressley went to Washington, looks to be a close one between challengers Julia Mejia and Alejandra St. Guillen - the city says just 10 votes separate them.
St. Guillen called for a recount.
Sorry, Althea, it's back to yearly campaigns for you (and she's looking like she'll come in seventh, so no more moving up should another at-large councilor depart).
A non-binding citywide referendum on changing the name of Dudley Square to Nubian Square lost citywide but won in Roxbury.
Arroyo's win breaks Readville's stranglehold on the district. Arroyo, making his first bid for elective office, promised a more progressive platform for the seat. His father, Felix, and brother, also named Felix, had previously served as at-large councilors.
Breadon, a longtime Oak Square activist and physical therapist, was making her first bid for office. She announced her campaign even before Ciommo had announced his retirement, saying the district needed a councilor who would be more active in ensuring the neighborhood and its current residents needed protection in the onslaught of development that is sweeping across the district.
In District 4 (Dorchester), incumbent Andrea Campbell defeated challenger Jeff Durham.
In District 7 (Roxbury), incumbent Kim Janey defeated perennial homophobe Roy Owens.
In District 8 (Fenway, Back Bay, Mission Hill, Beacon Hill), Kenzie Bok will take over for the retiring Josh Zakim, defeating challenger Jennifer Nassour. Bok had won more than 50% of the vote in the September primary.
The remaining district races were uncontested, meaning councilors Lydia Edwards (District 1), Ed Flynn (District 2), Frank Baker (District 3) and Matt O'Malley (District 6) were re-elected.
Unofficial election results.