Both candidates competing for the District 8 seat on the City Council are young and gregarious, with law degrees, backgrounds in public service, and similar positions on many issues.
What separates them, they say, is how their disparate experiences have prepared them to address the city’s problems.
Michael Nichols, who captured 27 percent of the vote in the September preliminary, is seen as the underdog. He is stressing his work as City Council research director and as legal counsel to legislators.
Josh Zakim, who won 45 percent of the vote in the five-way contest, is emphasizing his work representing families facing foreclosure for Greater Boston Legal Services and later, at law firm Mintz Levin, handling municipal bond transactions for the state, Massport, and the MBTA. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.