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The Bay State Banner weighs in on City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty's campaign for mayor with a 1,087-word piece:

Flaherty has long relied on a strong base of support in the South Boston neighborhood where he grew up, as well as in West Roxbury and the predominantly white precincts in Dorchester. How he fares in the mayoral race may well hinge on his campaign’s ability to peel black and Latino voters away from Menino and Yoon.

And much of that may depend on his ability to transcend the racial politics that historically have pitted South Boston against Roxbury.

Flaherty also criticizes the mayor over diversity at City Hall.