Boston Election Guide: Candidate overview

The departure of former Mayor Martin Walsh in March set off a domino effect, leading to a bumper crop of candidates for the mayoral and City Council seats in Boston. Among those running for mayor are two district and two at-large councilors, whose newly open seats have drawn large and diverse fields of candidates.

This year’s mayoral race marks the first time in Boston’s history there are no white male major contenders for the seat, with four women of color and one Black man contending for the seat. (Two white male candidates routinely poll below 1% in the race.)

In the race for the at-large council seats, two of which are vacant, Black candidates are leading the pack in fundraising and boast formidable campaign organizations.

The following is a summary of the leading candidates for mayoral and at-large seats. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order for each race.



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