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Latinos weigh vote for their own
In the heavily Latino neighborhood of District 6, where Spanish is as common on the streets as English, residents are deeply divided over which candidate to support. (Boston Globe, 11/5/05)
Vote may reshape council policies
The perception that new kinds of voters -- mostly immigrants, blacks, and Hispanics -- will be deciding factors in Tuesday's election has pushed candidates to the left on key issues. (Boston Globe, 11/4/05)
BOSTON GLOBE EDITORIALS
globe's view: Boston's new politics
It's a sign of health in a city when voters have to struggle a bit to assess a candidate rather than merely catalog his or her race, gender, or ethnicity. The New Boston is a place capable of attracting the strongest field of at-large council candidates in years. (10/25/05)
Leading up to the Nov. 8 general election, The Boston Globe profiled each of the eight candidates vying for the four at-large seats on the Boston City Council. (Profiles are in the order that the candidates' names will appear on the ballot.) Sam Yoon
A Korean- American housing advocate who works at Chinatown's Asian Community Development Corp., Yoon is the first Asian-American to run for the city council. His strong showing in the preliminary may be a sign that political power is shifting in this city, from the older Irish and Italian constituencies to newer voters, generally coming from minority groups. Matt O'Malley
Since his first run for councilor at large two years ago, O'Malley, 26, has grown up; last year he managed the campaign of Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral, an experience that transformed him into a polished politician who talks about changing the Boston Redevelopment Authority, fixing public schools, and expanding crime-prevention initiatives. Patricia Hagan White
In running for an at-large seat for the second time, White has rearranged her approach. Proud yet wary of having grown up in one of Boston's most prominent political families, she barely mentions her lineage. Instead, she gushes about her 2-month-old son. It helps her connect with female voters, and may blunt the perception that her candidacy is about the restoration of a family dynasty. John R. Connolly
A clean-cut 32-year-old Harvard grad with a self-effacing style, Connolly's surprising third-place finish in the preliminary made him a target for his rivals, who are targeting him on the city's residency rule, rent control, and abortion rights. (He supports the residency rule and rent stabilization, and is personally against abortion but believes it should be legal.) Stephen J. Murphy
Murphy, an at-large city councilor since 1997, is trying to expand beyond his white, socially conservative base to draw support from liberals and minority voters. On the campaign trail, the 48-year-old is casting himself as the elder statesman in the race and the best prepared to handle the big issues, from state aid cuts to economic development. Edward Flynn
In a race in which his opponents are scrambling to appeal to the so-called New Boston, Flynn -- son of former mayor Raymond Flynn -- presents himself as a candidate of the old school. He speaks about patriotism and the need to help the working class: The people who built Boston, he says, and the people who are struggling to stay here. Felix D. Arroyo
The city's burgeoning Latino population and the shift in Boston's political center of gravity toward minority and progressive voters have put Arroyo, 57, atop the crest of a wave. Being Latino is no longer the liability it once was. Now his ethnicity is among the incumbent city councilor's biggest electoral strengths. Michael F. Flaherty
As council president, Flaherty has cultivated a thorough and businesslike body that keeps its controversies private. At 36, he remains one of the younger councilors. But he stands somewhat apart even from youthful colleagues. Soft-spoken and shy of the news media, he settles most disagreements on the council in the same forum he cracks jokes: behind closed doors.
(By Michael Levenson, Globe Correspondent, 11/5/05)
They want more affordable housing, clout for residents, and protections for neighborhoods. But the mayoral candidates do not agree on how to accomplish those goals.
GRAPHIC: Residence vacancy and home prices
(By Michael Levenson, Globe Correspondent, 11/4/05)
They disagree on numbers -- how much the city holds in reserve -- and on style -- how to deal with union leaders who pressure the city for raises.
GRAPHIC: City revenue and top expenditures
(By Michael Levenson, Globe Correspondent, 11/3/05)
Education is among the most important issues for Boston voters, and the mayoral candidates offer starkly different assessments of and prescriptions for the city schools.
GRAPHIC: MCAS, enrollment, and spending
Mayoral candidates Thomas Menino and Maura Hennigan addressed topics of public safety, emergency preparedness, and school improvements as they attended a Globe-hosted lunch at the Locke-Ober restaurant.Audio clips from the lunchtime conversation are available below. Left click to listen. Right click to download. By topic Emergency preparedness (6:11) | City employees (8:52) Victoria Snelgrove's death (3:05) | Schools (13:13) Fan Pier project (2:44) | Personal reputations (1:34) Public safety (10:46) | Menino's legacy (4:52) City services (3:53) | Hennigan's legacy (3:49) Hennigan and Menino ask each other a question (5:48) Complete conversation Part one (16:31) | Part four (17:20) Part two (10:03) | Part five (13:05) Part three (14:13)
Several of those interviewed said they wished that the mayor would appoint more minorities to city jobs.(By Suzanne Smalley, Globe Staff, 10/5/05)
Seven years after Mayor Thomas M. Menino earned international acclaim for dramatically reducing violent crime in Boston, homicides are again on the rise, and police are struggling to bring criminals to justice.(By Donovan Slack, Globe Staff, 8/31/05)
The city doesn't provide Wiffle balls, bats, or basketballs the way it used to at Brighton's Portsmouth Street playground. But 55-year-old John Bruno said he hasn't seen the park this well-maintained for decades. Before Mayor Thomas M. Menino took office in 1993, Bruno said, the playground didn't even have a trash can.(By Scott S. Greenberger, Globe Staff, 8/2/05)
During the last decade, Mayor Thomas M. Menino has granted more generous raises to Boston's police officers, firefighters, and teachers than private sector employers have given to their workers, increasing the city's personnel costs and squeezing other departments and programs.(By Tracy Jan and Maria Sacchetti, Globe Staff, 5/22/05)
Almost 10 years ago, Mayor Thomas M. Menino stood before an audience in Dorchester's troubled Jeremiah E. Burke High School and challenged Boston to ''judge me harshly" if the schools did not improve.