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Lawrence Harmon

New truths about Boston in Senate race

Whoever wins Tuesday’s special election in the First Suffolk Senate District is going to obliterate old Boston stereotypes. And it will be a pleasure to watch them go. For too long, the strong sense of community in some Boston neighborhoods — South Boston especially — had been defined by the exclusion of certain people and ideas.

This so-called Southie seat passed from former Senate President William Bulger to Stephen Lynch, now a US representative, to Jack Hart, who resigned recently to practice law in a downtown firm. “Southie seat” is a misnomer, however. South Boston, which is largely white, comprises less than a quarter of the district’s registered voters. The larger portion of the district includes many minority neighborhoods in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park.

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