• Newcomers defeat 2 long serving city councilors in Boston

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    BOSTON (AP) - The two longest-serving City Council members in Boston have lost to two newcomers.

    The Boston Globe reports that high school teacher Annissa Essaibi George defeated at-large Councilor Stephen Murphy, who served 17 years.

    Attorney Joy Campbell also defeated nearly 30-year Councilor Charles Yancey for the District 4 seat representing Mattapan and Dorchester.

    Their wins double the number of women on the 13-member council to four.

    Murphy and Yancey's defeat comes just days after the council was roundly criticized for voting to give themselves $12,000 pay raises.

    Election officials said turnout was low in the election, which did not include a mayoral election.

    Just over 50,000 people cast ballots, or about 14 percent of registered voters, the Globe reported.

    Other council incumbents who faced challengers easily won re-election.

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