Jennifer Nassour of the Back Bay today announced her candidacy for the District 8 (Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Mission Hill, West End) City Council seat that Josh Zakim is giving up.
Boston city-council elections are officially non-partisan, but Nassour is particularly notable for her past Republican efforts: She was Republican State Committee chair when Scott Brown was elected to the US Senate and helped increase the number of Republicans in the state legislature. If elected, she might be the first city councilor to publicly identify as a Republican since John Sears left in 1981, depending on how Althea Garrison - who has run for various offices as a Republican, a Democrat and an independent - is feeling on any particular day.
Nassour also founded a group called Conservative Women for a Better Future, but on her campaign Web site, though, Nassour says she's conservative only on the economic side of things:
I describe myself as a social progressive and fiscal conservative. I’m pro-choice, pro-women, I am committed to equality and fight passionately for the causes I believe in.
On other issues, she comes out in favor of good education - and neighborhood schools - decent housing and making it easier for businesses to set up shop in Boston.
Other candidates who have said they are running for the two-year seat: Kenzie Bok, Robert Couture, Montez Haywood, Landon Lemoine and Kristen Mobilia, Helene Vincent.