This fall's election could mean a historic first: The election of Boston's first person of color as mayor. It could also be one of the few elections in more than a century without a single Irish-American candidate on the ballot, now that at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty is busy collecting signatures for a re-election bid and state Sen. Nick Collins says he's not running for City Hall. Read more.
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. Read more.