Sparring in front of a standing-room-only crowd of hundreds in Dorchester, all 12 mayoral hopefuls directly took on the city’s minority issues Tuesday night, passionately debating public safety, education, and diversity.
The night’s forum was the latest in a series of recent gatherings that, on a near-daily basis, have ratcheted up the intensity of the campaign as the Sept. 24 preliminary vote draws near.
For those eager for the mayoral race to heat up, the wait is over.
In the night’s best-received address, candidate John Barros railed against city leaders spending more time and resources to address violent crime in white communities and with white victims than crime committed against racial minorities.
Barros, a former Boston School Committee member, recalled the amount of city, state, and federal law enforcement attention given when 24-year-old Amy Lord, a white woman, was killed in South Boston earlier this year.
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