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Boston mayoral election, 1979

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.

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


  • Candidates 1
    • Candidates eliminated in primary 1.1
  • Results 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4


Candidates eliminated in primary


Candidates Primary Election[1] General Election[2]
Votes % Votes %
Kevin White 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


  1. ^ Annual Report of the Election Department. 1980. p. 36. 
  2. ^ Annual Report of the Election Department. 1980. p. 82. 

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