Charles Yancey

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Charles Yancey
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Charles Yancey with children at Franklin Park, Boston, 1980s
Former Member of the Boston City Council from District 4
In office
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byAndrea Campbell
Personal details
Born (1948-12-28) December 28, 1948 (age 70)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Alma materTufts University
Harvard University

Charles Calvin Yancey (born December 28, 1948, in Boston, Massachusetts, United States)[1] is a former member of the Boston City Council. He represented Mattapan and parts of Dorchester. He served as City Council president in 2001.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Yancey was born at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Boston on December 28, 1948, to Howell Yancey Sr. and Alice W. Yancey. He grew up in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston and was educated in the Boston Public School System.[1]

He attended the Philip Brooks Elementary School, the Patrick T. Campbell Junior High School, and Boston Technical High School.[1] He received his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Tufts University in 1970 and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1991.


Yancey was first elected to the Boston City Council in November 1983, representing District 4. Terms on the Council are two years; he won a 16th consecutive term in November 2013.

Yancey was also a candidate in the 2013 election for Mayor of Boston.[3] In a candidate survey for the mayoral race, Yancey announced positions on issues including keeping a cap on the amount of charter schools in Boston, allowing for a citywide vote on a potential casino bid, and increasing the amount of street workers in Boston to curb youth violence.[4] He finished 9th in a field of 12 candidates in the preliminary election, earning 2.1% of the total vote.[5]

In November 2015, Yancey was unseated from the Council by newcomer Andrea Campbell.[6][7] Yancey received 38.4% of the vote, compared to Campbell's 61.3%.

Yancey has taught courses in state and local politics at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Mount Ida College in 2001.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Boston City Council: Charles Yancey" Archived March 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Rosso, Patrick (November 6, 2013). "Charles Yancey reelected to 16th term as District 4 city councilor". Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  3. ^ Johnson, Akilah (September 12, 2013). "Dual Bid Shows Charles Yancey Going His Own Way". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Boston mayoral candidate, City Councilor Charles Yancey responds to questionnaire". Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Boston 2013 Mayor, City Council election results". Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Yancey, Murphy are ousted from Boston City Council". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Newcomers oust experienced Boston city councilors", Boston Globe, November 4, 2015

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Preceded by
James M. Kelly
President of the Boston City Council
Succeeded by
Michael F. Flaherty