THERE ARE large forces at play in the race for the four at-large seats on the Boston City Council, from jockeying for future mayoral races to sounding alarms about the return of an all-male council. At bottom, though, voters should pick their candidates based on who’s best for the job — most diligent at council business, and most adept at identifying key issues and addressing them. The contest isn’t about personal ambitions, or any particular neighborhood, race, or gender. It’s about serving the citizens of Boston.
On that basis alone, the four incumbents — Ayanna Pressley, John Connolly, Stephen Murphy, and Felix Arroyo Jr. — have distinguished themselves. Each has carved out a niche responsive to voters’ concerns, from Murphy’s shrewd fiscal management to Connolly’s promotion of a longer school day to Arroyo’s advocacy for libraries and community centers to Pressley’s exertions to prevent teen pregnancy and keep high school-age parents in class.