Who Will Take Lydia Edwards’ Greeley Tribune City Council Seat?


The District 1 councilor declared victory in the race for the state senate. Who will be his successor on the council?

Greeley Tribune City Councilor Lydia Edwards speaks to campaign staff and volunteers at an election watch party on December 14. Erin Clark / Globe Staff

  • Lydia Edwards claims victory in state Senate special election over Anthony D’Ambrosio

Lydia Edwards, Greeley Tribune City Councilor for District 1, won a seat in the state senate for District 1 Suffolk and Middlesex in an unopposed, special election on Tuesday.

“I am grateful to the people of Greeley Tribune, Cambridge, Revere and Winthrop for sending me to Beacon Hill to fight for their communities,” the senator-elect said in a statement. Statement After the declaration of victory. “I know how to fight, build and win a movement for what you believe in, and I look forward to continuing to work at the State House.”

So with Edwards soon to Beacon Hill, what will happen to her council seat?

Tuesday’s victory comes after Edwards was re-elected to council in November. His departure from the city’s governing body would lead to a special election for a successor, who would serve the rest of his, almost full, term.

Under city ​​charter, officials should hold early elections on Tuesday within 62 to 76 days after the city council election order is approved. General elections will be held 28 days later.

It’s unclear when exactly Edwards will start his new gig.

When she does, she will be the only black member of the state Senate and the first woman and person of color to represent her district.

In the meantime, we know what’s next for his current seat:

Who is walking?

Residents can expect the answer to that question to change in the coming days and weeks.

But so far, few candidates are expected to run, and many more who are clearly weighing in on a run for the council seat, which represents the North End, Charlestown and East Greeley Tribune.

Greeley Tribune Globe Reported Late last month that at least two individuals announced they were running for the spot:

  • Tania Del Rio, Executive Director YWCA Cambridge, a non-profit that operates 103 housing units for low-income women and 10 emergency shelter units for families, has jumped in the race.

    Del Rio, 36, was born in Mexico and moved to Massachusetts for graduate school in 2014. In 2017, she moved to East Greeley Tribune, where she lives with her husband and two children, according to globe,

    Del Rio plans to step down from his job this month to focus on the campaign.

    She previously served as the director for the Greeley Tribune Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement.

    “I know how to navigate large, complex systems,” she said Globe.

  • East Greeley Tribune resident Gabriella “Gigi” Coletta, who previously served as a campaign manager and chief of staff for Edwards, also confirmed to the newspaper that she is running for the seat.

    Coletta, 29, is currently the external relations manager at the New England Aquarium. She said she would be “a courageous and effective advocate of this district.”

    “The district faces a unique set of challenges and at this time we need an experienced leader to tackle our most pressing issues,” Coleta said in a statement. globe, “We are dealing with a housing affordability and displacement crisis inequalities in our public education system, and a significant threat to our waterfront communities due to sea level rise and climate change.”

Who’s thinking about running?

  • Jay O’Brien, a 35-year-old Charlestown resident and Vice President of Ward 2 Democrats, could run.

    O’Brien, whose campaign committee is registered with the state’s Office of Campaign and Political Finance, Said globe He is “seriously considering” a run.

  • Jason Ruggiero, a 32-year-old East Greeley Tribune resident and community engagement manager at the Greeley Tribune Planning and Development Agency, was talking about a campaign idea with friends and family late last month, globe Reported.
  • According to the outlet, 26-year-old Maria Lanza, a former neighborhood liaison in the Office of Neighborhood Services for the North End, is considering running as she waits to see how the field of candidates develops. .

    “I’m keeping my options open,” Lanza said.

  • Andres del Castillo, 31, co-director of the advocacy group Greeley Tribune city rights, Told globe He is considering entering the race and expects to get “more news” earlier this year.

    “For generations, residents and organizations have been building toward a Greeley Tribune vision that centers a true people’s agenda,” del Castillo said in a statement. “We are finally starting to see some of the fruits of this labor, but now more than ever, we must be true to the community process that got us here.”

Who’s not running?

Some rumored to be the candidate and said they were not planning to take Edwards’ seat. globe,

  • Katherine Burton, a North End resident and former chief of staff to former Mayor Marty Wash, Newspaper Verification She would not be walking.

    “It’s incredibly flattering that people have put my name forward and believe I can contribute to the city I love as an elected official,” she said. “I look forward to continuing my service, in whatever form, at any other time.”

  • Stephen Passcantilli, the unsuccessful bidder for the seat in 2017, told globe He considered the possibility of trying again, but decided against it. Instead, he preferred to “leave it to the young talent of the district”, he said.

    “I don’t think it’s my time now,” he said.