1979 Boston mayoral election

The Boston mayoral election of 1979 occurred on Tuesday, November 6, 1979, between Mayor Kevin White and state senator Joseph F. Timilty. This was the second election in a row between White and Timilty. White once again defeated Timilty and was elected to a fourth term.

1979 Boston mayoral election

← 1975 November 6, 1979 1983 →
 
Candidate Kevin White Joseph F. Timilty
Party Nonpartisan Nonpartisan
Popular vote 78,048 64,269
Percentage 54.82% 45.14%

Results by ward
White:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Timilty:      50–60%      70–80%

Mayor before election

Kevin White

Elected Mayor

Kevin White

The nonpartisan municipal preliminary election was held on September 25, 1979.

Candidates

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Candidates eliminated in preliminary

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Results

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Candidates Preliminary Election[1] General Election[2]
Votes % Votes %
Kevin White (incumbent) 50,272 42.39 78,048 54.82
Joseph F. Timilty 33,026 27.85 64,269 45.14
Mel King 17,490 14.75
David Finnegan 17,306 14.59
Laurence R. Sherman 297 0.25
Luis F. Castro 199 0.17

See also

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References

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  1. ^ Annual Report of the Election Department. Boston [Election Dept.] 1980. p. 36.
  2. ^ Annual Report of the Election Department. Boston [Election Dept.] 1980. p. 82.