Four of the eight candidates seeking a spot on the Boston City Council squared off Monday over whether they would consider shutting firehouses to save money, whether the council should vote soon on the controversial police contract, and whether the Nov. 5 referendum on an East Boston casino should proceed as scheduled.
The debate, streamed live on Boston.com, featured Jack F. Kelly III, a former neighborhood coordinator; Jeffrey Michael Ross, an immigration lawyer who ran for state Senate in 2007; Michelle Wu, a former staff member on Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 campaign; and Councilor at Large Stephen J. Murphy, who is seeking a ninth term.
The hourlong informal dialogue two weeks before Election Day shone a spotlight on candidates who have been largely overshadowed by the historic race to replace Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
Asked whether they would consider closing firehouses to save money, Murphy, Kelly, and Wu said they would. Ross said he would look into the issue.
Wu, Murphy, Ross, and Kelly wrestled with whether the council should hold a vote soon on an arbitrators’ decision to award police officers a 25.4 percent raise over six years.
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