Growing list of contenders in at-large race

Boston is in a moment of profound social and political change coming on the heels of a year of a global pandemic and racial reckoning.

Now, as the city is on the verge of having its first Black acting mayor and a mayoral campaign in which the three current front-runners for the office are women, several candidates are positioning themselves to run for the at-large City Council seats vacated by mayoral candidates Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George.

“Boston is in crisis,” said Kelly Bates, a Roslindale resident and nonprofit leader who has opened a campaign account and is considering a run. “Not only do we have COVID-19 ravaging our community, we have people in the throes of addiction, families no longer able to afford to remain in the city they love. We need a swift economic recovery that works for everyone.”

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