MAYBE THE Coast Guard should be standing by on Sept. 24 to rescue people swamped by a sea of candidates. As if sorting through a dozen mayoral candidates in a preliminary election isn’t tough enough, Boston voters are also being asked to choose from among 18 at-large candidates for Boston City Council.
Though often derided as statutorily weak, the 13-member council is the proving ground for Boston politicians. And the four members elected citywide can be seen as the institution’s upperclassmen who aren’t necessarily required to perform the day-to-day constituent services required of the nine district councilors. Theoretically, at least, that leaves more time for them to think about citywide issues.