Community activist Jamarhl Crawford to launch bid for the District 7 City Council seat

By Patrick D. Rosso, Town Correspondent August 14, 2013

Jamarhl Crawford, a long-time community activist in Roxbury, is expected to formally announce his candidacy for the District 7 City Council seat Wednesday evening.

The position, which oversees Roxbury and portions of the South End, is currently held by Tito Jackson. Up to this point, Jackson was unchallenged.

The deadline to get on the ballot for the November general election has passed, so Crawford will mount a write-in campaign.

When speaking with Tuesday, Crawford said the community needs a politician who gets things done.

“I don’t think we can afford two more years of ineffective leadership,” Crawford said. “When people look at my track record it shows that I have over 25-years of actually doing things.”

The 42-year-old, who has split his time between Mattapan and Roxbury, runs a publication, the Blackstonian.

“My story is one of redemption and one of the people,” said Crawford. “I’m no stranger to this city, its judicial system, or my community.”

He is expected to formally announce his candidacy at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Frugal Bookstore located at the Mall of Roxbury on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Tito Jackson, who was the political director for Governor Deval Patrick’s 2010 re-election campaign, has held the District 7 seat since he was first elected to it in a 2011 special election to replace the disgraced former City Councilor Chuck Turner.

According to the most recent filings with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance Tito Jackson has just over $13,000 in his warchest as of August 2. Crawford who just recently opened his account, as first reported by Gintautas Dumcius of the Dorchester reporter, has not filed a complete bank report as of August 14, but has an estimated $5,000 in his campaign account.

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