Whites may now make up a minority of the city's population, but you wouldn't know it from the finalists in Tuesday's vote: Of the eight people advancing to the final election in November, six are white Irish Catholics (citywide results). Granted, one of them, Matt O'Malley, ran Andrea Cabral's successful campaign for sheriff last year, but still, diversity won't be a hallmark of the next crop of at-large councilors - if the current lineup holds, we'll wind up with three Irish Catholics and one Hispanic (in other words, status quo).
But incumbent Stephen Murphy, whose platform seems to consist of pleading with voters to return him to office because it's all he knows how to do, could be vulnerable to newcomer Sam Yoon, especially if the latter manages to convince disappointed Kevin McCrea voters that he really will be a change agent.
Although incumbent Michael Flaherty topped the ticket, he didn't really do so incredibly convincingly, so it'll be interesting to see if any issues awaken the vast majority of Bostonians who didn't vote today.
Edward Flynn, son of the former mayor and likely the only public anti-abortion candidate in the race, got more votes than I would have expected. If he can get the far-right supporters of Althea Garrison and rabid anti-gay, anti-abortion perennial also-ran Roy Owens (8,000+ votes between them), could we see a new Dapper O'Neil on the city council? And isn't it a shame he and Patricia White (daughter of Boston's other living former mayor) aren't competing head to head?
OK, so what issues can we expect? Property taxes? Neighborhood schools? What issues will you be considering when deciding whom to vote for?