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.