The candidates have knocked on doors, stood at intersections, and shaken hands from West Roxbury to South Boston, all with an eye toward today’s election. This morning, Boston voters will head to the polls to cast ballots for the City Council. The 13-member council has four at-large candidates who represent the entire city. Four incumbents will face off against three challengers. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Felix G. Arroyo
Incumbent | Jamaica Plain
Arroyo followed in the footsteps of his father, who was the first Latino to serve on the City Council. A former political director for a local union, Arroyo has the staunch support of labor and has focused on youth issues in his first term in office.
John R. Connolly
Incumbent | West Roxbury
The top vote-getter in 2009, Connolly has concentrated almost exclusively on schools in his two terms on the City Council. A former teacher and practicing attorney, Connolly has raised more money than anyone else in Boston, except for Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
Dorcena owns a marketing and consulting business and is making his first run for office. The child of Haitian immigrants, Dorcena grew up in Dorchester and spoke on the campaign trail of learning how to take control of his own destiny.
Michael F. Flaherty
Flaherty served on the City Council for a decade, but gave up his seat in 2009, when he mounted an unsuccessful bid for mayor. A former City Council president and frequent top vote-getter, Flaherty has broad name recognition across the city.
Stephen J. Murphy
Incumbent | Hyde Park
First taking office in 1997, Murphy was selected by his colleagues this year to serve as City Council president. Murphy has campaigned as the council’s budget expert, a skill he showcased in two unsuccessful runs for state treasurer.
Ayanna S. Pressley
Incumbent | Dorchester
Pressley is running for reelection after her first term, in which she focused on teen pregnancy and the impact of violence on families. Pressley finished fourth in 2009, which could make her the most vulnerable incumbent.
Sean H. Ryan
Ryan is a teacher and musician who was active in the presidential campaign of US Representative Ron Paul. He ran for Congress in Ohio in 2008 and for Boston City Council in 2009.