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Kendra Lara Loses Boston City Council Re-Election Bid — Badly

September 13, 2023

Boston city councilor Kendra Lara will need a new job next year.

The controversial city councilor lost her re-election bid badly on Tuesday. She finished in a distant third place among three candidates in the District 6 preliminary election on September 12. The top two vote-getters, Ben Weber (42.25 percent) and William King (37.4 percent) advanced to the November election, while Lara (20.06 percent) was eliminated, according to the city’s web site.

Lara, first elected in 2021, is currently undergoing scrutiny for — according to Boston police — driving at least 53 miles per hour in a 25-mile-per-hour zone and crashing into a house on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain on June 30. Additionally, her child was not in a booster seat.

The incident happened despite Lara’s driver’s license being revoked in 2013 for failing to pay a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt, as NewBostonPost previously reported. Even so, her colleagues say they have regularly seen her drive to work.

Lara “faces charges of operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving with a suspended license, operating negligently, and recklessly permitting bodily injury to a child,” according to WBUR.

Lara, a Jamaica Plain resident, represents District 6 of the Boston City Council. District 6 includes West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain.

King is a West Roxbury resident who spent six years working as a technology specialist in the Boston Public School system; Weber, a Jamaica Plain resident, is a labor lawyer who served as an assistant attorney general to Martha Coakley from 2010 to 2012. 

Weber and King advanced to the Tuesday, November 7 general election.


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