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Ex-Patrick Aide Running For Turner's Council Seat

Gov. Deval Patrick's recent campaign political director is taking another shot at the Boston City Council.

Tito Jackson announced on Monday he would run to represent District 7, replacing the ousted Chuck Turner.

Turner was expelled from the council earlier this month after being convicted on federal bribery charges.

Though Turner is fighting his expulsion, Jackson says he can't wait for that to be over.

"Councilor Turner has this process going on, the city council has called for an election," Jackson said. "The most important thing are the people in District 7 and currently we need to have representation."

The district includes the Roxbury neighborhood, where Jackson grew up.

"We need to make sure that the folks hit hardest by this economic downturn are the people who are taken care of," he said. "We need to make sure that in a community that's been stricken with violence, that those people are provided representation."

Jackson ran for one of the four citywide council seats in 2009 but finished fifth.

He would have been seated if City Councilor Stephen Murphy had won his bid for state treasurer this year, but Murphy was beaten in the September Democratic primary.

The preliminary special election is scheduled for February.

This program aired on December 20, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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