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Boston to face crowded ballot

61 candidates qualify to run for mayor, council

Boston voters should prepare to be patient in the voting booth this fall: 61 people have tentatively qualified to appear on municipal ballots as a torrent of candidates vie for mayor and City Council.

Some voters may be aware of the 12 candidates seeking to succeed Mayor Thomas M. Menino. But 19 people are also gunning for the four at-large City Council seats, setting the stage for a race that could easily be as heavily contested and unpredictable as the mayoral campaign.

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