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Leading up to the Nov. 8 general election, the Globe will periodically profile each of the eight candidates vying for the four at-large seats on the Boston City Council.
Edward Flynn: 'Real public service is not about you. . . . It's about sacrifice.'

Edward Flynn: 'Real public service is not about you. . . . It's about sacrifice.'

One spring day when he was 18, Ed Flynn left school, went to a South Boston recruiting station, and signed up for the Navy. A quiet boy who wasn't into sports the way his father had been, Flynn idolized the veterans he knew as a boy. They had made sacrifices for their country. He could think of nothing more honorable.
Felix D. Arroyo: 'I arrived here, and the whole city was judging people by their color'

Felix D. Arroyo: 'I arrived here, and the whole city was judging people by their color'

It was 25 years ago, but Felix Arroyo remembers the night well. He was running for School Committee, trying to win votes at an event in Hyde Park. One man seemed distressed after Arroyo shook his hand. Arroyo says the man, who was white, recoiled from Arroyo, who is Latino, and wiped his hand on his jacket, ''right in front of me."
Stephen J. Murphy: 'I'll just say this. . . . They can't stand in comparison to me'

Stephen J. Murphy: 'I'll just say this. . . . They can't stand in comparison to me'

Stephen J. Murphy does his best to look cheerful as he marches down Brighton Avenue into a fierce headwind, which is blowing his freshly moussed hair into a feathery crest atop his 6-foot-4-inch frame. ''Happy Allston-Brighton Day, everyone!" he calls out, waving to a couple of families huddled by the roadside, sidestepping the piles of horse manure dotting the road.
Sam Yoon: 'I think people are looking for new blood, is what I'm seeing'

Sam Yoon: 'I think people are looking for new blood, is what I'm seeing'

It is Friday night, and the New Boston is working the Old Boston at Joe Tecce's. Sam Yoon, a first-time candidate for an at-large City Council seat, a fifth-place finisher in September’s preliminary election, is making his way around the tables at the annual Columbus Day Parade banquet, and everybody seems happy to see him.
John R. Connolly: 'I wanted to be like my dad . . . I wanted to make a difference'

John R. Connolly: 'I wanted to be like my dad . . . I wanted to make a difference'

At rush hour on a busy Thursday, a group of women holding ''Connolly for Council" signs at a rotary in West Roxbury beam at the young man in the navy suit waving to the cars whizzing by. One talks about his prominent political family: ''Very down-to-earth, very smart." Another marvels at the first-time candidate's announcement speech.
Matt O'Malley: 'I'm a more serious candidate . . . than I was two years ago'

Matt O'Malley: 'I'm a more serious candidate
. . . than I was two years ago'

Matt O'Malley no longer calls himself a ''geeky kid" with a fondness for Little Debbie Nutty Bars. He doesn't blog about run-ins with dogs on the campaign trail. And he has stopped drinking milk with dinner.
Patricia Hagan White: 'My life is this city and my family'

Patricia Hagan White: 'My life is this city
and my family'

Patricia Hagan White, daughter of former mayor Kevin Hagan White, granddaughter of Boston City Council presidents William ''Mother" Galvin, and Joseph White, and great-granddaughter of the City Council president Henry Hagan, cannot stop talking about someone else while she's on the campaign trail.
Michael F. Flaherty: Wooing wider support for reelection and future hopes

Michael F. Flaherty: Wooing wider support for reelection and future hopes

The chicken wings have been served, and the party guests have been quieted. Michael F. Flaherty Jr. is standing in a tiny Roxbury kitchen doing the familiar work of all campaigning politicians, trying to win votes from an unfamiliar audience.
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