It seems like elections are often referred to as “historic” these days, but it’s hard to argue with that description when talking about the race for mayor of Boston this year.
For one thing, of the five major candidates vying to replace newly minted Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh in City Hall’s corner office, all are people of color, and four are women — no matter what happens this fall, that will represent a marked change for a job that, to this point, only white men have been elected to.
City Councilors Michelle Wu, Andrea Campbell, and Annissa Essaibi George, former city economic development chief John Barros, and acting Mayor Kim Janey — who as president of the City Council was tapped as Walsh’s temporary replacement — will compete in a preliminary election Tuesday, Sept. 14, with the top two finishers facing off on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
In recent weeks, Boston.com met separately with each candidate to ask them about such serious issues as housing, education, and public safety; put them through a “speed round” of questions about personal topics, from their typical Dunkin’ order, to their favorite Boston-set movie, to whether they prefer Fenway or TD Garden; and even asked them questions submitted by Boston.com readers on topics like gentrification and climate change.
Individual Q&A’s are linked below in order of the candidates’ official entries into the race. Make sure to visit this page regularly for additional coverage of this important race as the primary draws closer.