Jackson sworn in to Boston City Council
BOSTON -- Tito Jackson was sworn in as Boston's newest city councilor just 24 hours after the man he's replacing, former City Councilor Chuck Turner, went off to prison.
The District 7 representative took the oath of office in front of a crowd of supporters.
Jackson will fill Turner's seat on the Boston City Council. Turner is now in prison after a federal jury convicted him of taking a bribe.
"When it comes down to it, for the past several months, there has not been a District 7 City Councilor,” Jackson said. “It’s now my job and today I will be sworn in…to make sure that District 7 gets what it deserves."
Before a packed crowd in Roxbury's Hibernian Hall, Jackson promised to work on bringing new businesses and jobs to the Roxbury community where he grew up.
Jackson's smile is a change from Turner's combative style and Boston Mayor Tom Menino took note of this changing of the guard.
"A new day has dawned in District 7. A young, aggressive man who believes in the people of Roxbury, replacing a councilor who worked hard for his people,” Menino said.
Jackson did get Chuck Turner's endorsement for the job after Turner's bribery conviction got him thrown off the council. Charles Yancey, the only councilor who supported Turner to the end, sees Jackson as picking up where Turner left off.
"Councilor Turner did a great job for District 7 and I expect Councilor Jackson to build on Councilor Turner’s record of advocacy for his constituents,” Yancey said.
Councilor Jackson will have to hit the ground running as he fills out Chuck Turner's term -- just one month from now he'll be filling out papers to run for re-election.
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