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Meet the at-large candidates for Boston City Council

With vacancies opening up, Boston is poised for new leadership on the City Council. Eight candidates are in a race for four at-large Council spots. Recently, the Globe asked each candidate to tell voters one interesting fact about themselves and why they are running. Here are their answers.

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Annissa Essaibi-George

  • 39, Dorchester

  • ‘I have triplets, and I own a yarn store. . . . I’ve caught the political bug that most people born in Boston usually catch at some point in their life.’

  • More about Essaibi-George:

  • Profile

  • 14 questions for Annissa Essaibi-George


Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

Jack Kelly

  • 32, Charlestown

  • ‘I’m running to help those who need to break out of the cycles of drug addiction, crime, violence, and poverty in our neighborhoods.’

  • More about Kelly:

  • Profile

  • 14 questions for Jack Kelly

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Michelle Wu

  • 28, South End

  • ‘I’m a hard worker. My life has been focused on family — supporting my own and increasing access to opportunities for all families.’

  • More about Wu:

  • Profile

  • 14 questions for Michelle Wu

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Martin Keogh

  • 48, West Roxbury

  • ‘I am just a guy who loves his kids and loves this city. I hope can make this city better for my kids and everyone.’

  • More about Keogh:

  • Profile

  • 14 questions for Martin Keogh

Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

Stephen J. Murphy

  • 57, Hyde Park

  • ‘I hope that most voters know me by now. I will continue to provide the necessary experience Boston needs during this time of change.’

  • More about Murphy:

  • Profile

  • 14 questions for Stephen J. Murphy

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Ayanna Pressley

  • 39, Dorchester

  • ‘I pray, drink coffee, put on red stilettos, and head out to change the world. Running for re-election to finish what I started.’

  • More about Pressley:

  • Profile

  • 14 questions for Ayanna Pressley

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

Michael Flaherty

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Jeffrey Michael Ross

  • 45, Lower Roxbury

  • ‘My family unit is biracial and socioeconomically stratified. I’ve had to bridge those divides. It’s been my life’s passion and community work.’

  • More about Ross:

  • Profile

  • 14 questions for Jeffrey Michael Ross

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