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Jackson Takes Spot On Boston's City Council

In a landslide victory, Boston has a new city councilor. Tito Jackson took 82 percent of the vote to beat Cornell Mills in a special District 7 election Tuesday.

A former aide to Gov. Deval Patrick, Jackson, 35, says his community — which includes Roxbury and parts of the Fenway, the South End and Dorchester — needs healing.

Tito Jackson
Tito Jackson

"In that healing, the community also needs folks to get jobs, and we also have to deal with the issue of violence in our community," Jackson said following his victory.

Optimistic Jackson said the future is bright for District 7.

"[Residents] will be energized and check in based on having a councilor who is actually going to deliver," he said.

Jackson succeeds ousted City Councilor Chuck Turner, who was convicted on federal corruption charges last year and will begin his prison sentence next week.

Mills, the son of former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, took 16 percent of the vote.

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This program aired on March 16, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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