Most Boston voters will get to ignore the Sept. 8 preliminary elections for city council: Only District 4 (Dorchester, Mattapan) and District 7 (Roxbury) have enough candidates to warrant an election - and neither has any candidate debates or forums scheduled between now and the election.
In District 4, incumbent Charles Yancey of Dorchester, who will remind you at the drop of the hat that he is the city's longest serving councilor, faces opposition from Andrea Joy Campbell of Mattapan, Jovan J. Lacet of Mattapan and Terrance J. Williams of Dorchester.
Yancey, first elected in 1983, is now serving in his 16th term. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor - but simultaneously successfully for re-election - in 2013.
Campbell is a lifelong resident of Boston, a graduate of Boston Public Schools, Princeton University and UCLA Law. Before running for public office, she served as deputy legal council for former Gov. Deval Patrick.
Lacet is a Boston Public School grad, an 18-year practicing attorney, former Boston police officer and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Williams has worked for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission for almost 25 years, as well as the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department. An active community organizer, he started Mighty Mission Youth Program out of the Tobin Community Center to help Boston youth go to college. He also ran against Yancey in 2013.
Whichever of the three gets the most votes will run against Yancey in the final election in November.
In District 7, incumbent Tito Jackson faces five opponents: Charles Clemons Jr. of Dorchester, Kevin Dwire of Roxbury, Haywood Fennell Sr. of Roxbury, Althea Garrison of Roxbury and Roy Owens of Roxbury.
Clemons, a co-founder and General Manager of Touch 106.1 FM, ran for mayor in 2013.
Dwire made an unsuccessful District 7 run in 2011 as a member of the Socialist Workers Party.
Fennell is a Boston University and UMass Boston graduate, a Vietnam era US Army Veteran, author and playwright. An ex-offender, he is an advocate for prison sentencing reform.
Garrison, who served one term as a state representative (1993-1995), runs every year for one office or another.
Owens, who also runs for something every year, is a church elder at the Walthall Chapel Church of God in Christ and an anti-abortion, anti-LGBT and anti-rock and roll activist.
Preliminary municipal elections for Districts Four and Seven will take place on September 8. General City Council elections for all other districts and at-large seats will be on November 3.