The 2009 Boston elections
Michael Flaherty (D)
The city councilor was born in South Boston and first elected in 1999. He was Boston City Council president from 2002-2007. He is also a partner with the law firm of Adler Pollock & Sheehan, and former assistant Suffolk district attorney.
Thomas Menino (D)
Menino has served four terms as Boston's mayor, and previously was elected five times as a city councilor from Hyde Park.
See who has given what to the mayoral candidates so far in the 2009 race.
Boston voters cast ballots for mayor, city councilor at large, and district city councilor on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Polls were open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Menino obsesses mightily, and wields power exhaustively, over the look, feel, and shape of his city.
Meninos City Hall is a place where not even the most trivial slights go unnoticed.
Globe reporters spent a week talking to residents on two different blocks on the opposite sides of Roslindale to find out about life during the Menino years.
Mayoral debate coverage
Mayor Menino and Councilor at Large Flaherty presented opposing views of Boston in their final, heated debate. (Boston Globe)
City Councilor Flaherty and Mayor Menino argued over education, crime, development, and the handling of public records. (Boston Globe)
Michael Flaherty aggressively attacked Mayor Meninos record on crime and education, as well as his leadership style, while the mayor defended his record on every front.
Mayor Thomas Meninos famously firm grip on Boston came under withering and sustained assault during the final mayoral debate before the Sept. 22 primary last night.
Results of the Boston mayor's race
254 of 254 precincts reporting
A relaxed and buoyant Mayor Menino vowed yesterday to shed the caution and incrementalism that has marked his first 16 years in office and use his fifth term to boldly tackle problems. (Boston Globe)
In a toxic political environment that imperiled incumbents all over the country, Mayor Menino was reelected by a comfortable margin in the toughest fight of his career. (Boston Globe)
BOSTON CITY COUNCIL
Boston voters yesterday elected two new city councilors at large and returned two incumbents to power. (Boston Globe)
Elections around the state
William Lantigua's mayoral win in Lawrence headlined a groundbreaking election that propelled a host of female and minority candidates to political office across the state. (Boston Globe)
Around the country
Tearful supporters of same-sex marriage vowed to continue their fight in Maine yesterday, while newly energized opponents pledged to preserve traditional marriage here and nationwide. (Boston Globe)
Mayor Menino took 50.5 percent of the votes while Councilor at Large Michael Flaherty grabbed second place with 24 percent in Bostons preliminary mayoral race, setting up a general election that pits two former allies who have become sharp political adversaries. (Boston Globe, 9/23/09)
Mayor Thomas M. Menino unleashed his not-so-secret weapon - an army of workers in all corners of the city that pulled thousands of his supporters to the polls. (Boston Globe, 9/23/09)