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Hundreds celebrate as Jackson joins City Council 35-year-old cites safe streets, jobs, schools as priorities

Hundreds celebrate as Jackson joins City Council
35-year-old cites safe streets, jobs, schools as priorities

Jackson thanked his mother, Rosa, for her support growing up. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
By Matt Carroll
Globe Staff / March 27, 2011

Tito H. Jackson was sworn in as a city councilor yesterday before a raucous crowd of several hundred supporters in an event that was part campaign rally and part community celebration — with a dose of official business thrown in.

The festive occasion reflected the optimism and enthusiasm residents of District 7 see in the new councilor and also relief at closing a tumultuous chapter on former City Councilor Chuck Turner, who entered a federal prison on Friday following his bribery conviction.

The event, at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury, was packed to overflowing with supporters from the district, from across the city, and beyond. People munched fried chicken and corn bread, cheered singers, and applauded dancers. But most of all, they cheered the 35-year-old lifelong resident of Grove Hall, who was sworn in before the full City Council and took his seat to cheers of “Tito! Tito!’’

FULL STORY HERE
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2011/03/27/hundreds_celebrate_as_jackson_joins_city_council/

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