Sharon Machlis lives in Framingham, but she loves working with data and so has started the Contributions to Boston Mayoral Candidates database. Using data from the state, she's created a (still in beta) site where you can see where contributions to the candidates are coming from and how the candidates stack up against each other in terms of pulling in cash.
She's using an automated scraper (for you data nerds, she built it in R) to grab the data from state campaign-finance records. In-city data is organized by city-council district, because anybody familiar with Boston politics is familiar with the impossibility of determining neighborhood lines (because it's still in beta, she's still ironing out some issues with the data, so don't take the maps showing where contributions are from as gospel just yet).
Speaking of the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, Jon Spillane of Beacon Hill filed papers with them last week to run for one of the four at-large city council seats open this fall. He was director of budget and constituent services for Beacon Hill's district councilor, Kenzie Bok until last week, when he took a leave to run for the council this fall. Before that, he was a housing development officer for DND.
Community organizer Domingos DaRosa of Hyde Park, announced yesterday he's also running for one of the four seats. DaRosa also ran in 2019 and 2017, and will likely be the only candidate to have been ordered to stay away from Charlie Baker's Swampscott home (for trying to deliver some of the needles DaRosa and others collected at Mass and Cass to try to get Baker to do something about the drug use at what is partly a state-owned intersection).
There'll be at least 50% turnover among at-large councilors, since two of the current ones - Michelle Wu and Annissa Essaibi George are running for mayor (even if they wanted to, they couldn't pull a Yancey and also simultaneously run for re-election, thanks to council action after Charles Yancey did that in 2013).
The BU News Service has an audio interview with Wu about tackling inequality in Boston and the current pandemic.
Essaibi George is currently touring all of Boston neighborhood business districts, generally a couple per day, "to discuss with local owners and staff about the resources and support needed to recover, rebuild and thrive post-pandemic."