BOSTON — Like many of the candidates running for mayor here, John Barros attended house party after house party over the weekend.
He found a warm reception from his hosts and the small groups they invited, as he spoke of his plans to improve schools, increase diversity in the Police Department and create more affordable housing and more mixed-income neighborhoods.
For the first time in a generation, the race for mayor of Boston is wide open. With Thomas M. Menino, the city’s mayor for the last 20 years, retiring, the race has attracted no fewer than a dozen candidates. Five of them are black, and one is Latino. One is a woman.
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