The Race for City Council

Boston is poised to select a new mayor and at least four new City Councilors in the Nov. 5 election. The eight candidates for at large City Council seats responded to a questionnaire touching on some of the key issues facing the city and the Council.
The winners in Tuesday’s election. (Top row, left to right) At-large councilors: Ayanna Pressley; Michelle Wu; Michael Flaherty; Stephen J. Murphy. (Middle row, left to right) District 1: Salvatore LaMattina; District 2: Bill Linehan; District 4: Charles Yancey; District 5: Timothy McCarthy. (Bottom row, left to right) District 6: Matt O’Malley; District 7: Tito Jackson; District 8: Josh Zakim; District 9: Mark Ciommo. NOTE: Frank Baker ran unopposed in District 3

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Women top ticket in race for at-large council

Bostonians elected an African-American woman and an Asian-American woman to two of four at-large City Council seats in a dramatic leadership change.By Meghan E. Irons

Stephen Murphy at a hearing on the Boston Police contract.

Longest-current serving at-Large City Councilor says there is more to do

As Boston gets set for new political leadership in the mayor’s office and on the council, Stephen Murphy, now 57, plans to stay put.

“Sometimes, being on the City Council can be a tough environment. ... That’s why we need strong, resilient folks on the council,” said Jeff Ross.

Jeff Ross touts resilience, progressive stances

Jeff Ross is the race’s only openly gay candidate and has earned support from many of the city’s most progressive neighborhoods.

City Council at-large candidate Ayanna Pressley signed in at the Harry Truman Rally Breakfast at West Roxbury Pub and Restaurant.

Pressley is running for reelection on her own terms

Now in her quest for a third two-year stint on the City Council, Ayanna Pressley says she’s campaigning hard, refusing to take any vote for granted.

Michelle Wu campaigned in South Boston.

For Wu, emergency household role helped to kindle political drive

After graduating and taking a job in the Financial District, Wu found herself headed back to Chicago after her mother began suffering from a serious mental illness.

Annissa Essaibi George sorted through yarn in her Dorchester shop.

Essaibi-George touts her stances as teacher, mother, business owner

Essaibi-George said she adds a unique perspective in the race as the only public school teacher, the only mother of four boys, and the only small-business owner running.

Michael Flaherty campaigned at the Corrib Pub in Brighton.

For Flaherty, council run an attempt to get back into the municipal fold

For Michael Flaherty, this fall’s City Council election is in some ways the next step in a long political career and in others a resurrection story.

Debbie Brooks-Langone of West Roxbury hugged Jack Kelly as he campaigned.

Kelly hopes council seat is next step to his recovery

Jack Kelly hopes that endorsements, coupled with his experience and expertise in the neighborhoods, help propel him to the City Council.

City Council candidate Martin Keogh says his troubled past helped shape him.

Keogh says troubled past helped shape him

City Council candidate Martin Keogh says he wants teenagers haunted by their youthful transgressions to know that there is a way out.

Key dates and election info

Nov. 5, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. General election

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