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Boston City Council candidates answer six big questions facing the city

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The Boston mayoral race gets the bulk of attention during elections, but the City Council also plays a key role in governing the city. The council has 13 seats: four at-large councilors, representing all Bostonians, and one each for all nine districts within the city.

September’s preliminary election whittled the field to eight at-large candidates and two each for most of the districts. The incumbents in Districts 1, 2, and 8 are running unopposed.

The Globe asked all 23 candidates six questions about major issues facing Boston today. Here are their responses, edited lightly for clarity. The at-large candidates’ responses appear below; click on one of the tabs above to see answers from candidates for specific district races.

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