Third in a series of profiles of Boston’s 12 mayoral candidates.
It was impossible to miss Mike Ross at St. Cyprian Episcopal Church in Roxbury, a 6-foot-tall white man in a bright tie and tailor-fitted suit sitting among the 75 or so black worshipers, listening attentively.
As soon as the final note of the closing hymn sounded on Sunday, he raced to the back of the sanctuary to catch worshipers as they filed out, often spending more time trouble-shooting their problems than asking for their votes.
“We’re going to figure this out,” Ross, 41, told an 87-year-old grandmother from Roxbury who was struggling to understand housing regulations at the home where she lives with a grandchild. His fingers glided rapidly over BlackBerry keys as he e-mailed a member of his City Council staff with instructions to investigate further.
Almost invariably, Ross’s campaign-trail conversations follow a similar pattern, quickly shifting from a plea for votes in the preliminary mayoral election on Sept. 24 to a discussion of how he can help them.
Not how he can help them when he is elected. How he can help them now.
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