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Candidates and schedule for upcoming Boston elections

At-Large City Council seats

Banner Staff | 5/16/2013, noon

— With all of the upcoming elections, it’s easy to lose track of what candidates are running for what office on what election day, especially considering that more than 20 candidates have signed up for the upcoming mayoral race and another 20 have decided to run for at-large city council seats.

‘Tis the season where civic engagement has soared to new heights.

Here’s a quick guide to the upcoming political season and important dates to remember:

The election for the First Suffolk District state Senate seat between Linda Dorcena-Forry, the Haitian-American state representative who squeaked out a win in the three-way democratic primary, and Joe Ureneck of Dorchester, the chairman of the Fatherhood Coalition, who was unchallenged in the Republican primary, is May 28.

Less than a month later, on June 25, the election for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Secretary of State John Kerry is between U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, the senior member of the all-democratic Washington delegation, and political novice and Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez. Though polls have shown that Markey is leading by as much as 17 percent, state democratic leaders are not underestimating the appeal of Gomez, the former Navy Seal who became a successful businessman. They remember all too well the stunning defeat of Martha Coakley at the hands of Scott Brown in 2010 for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Ted Kennedy. Brown was later defeated by Elizabeth Warren in the most recent election.

Municipal elections attained an unprecedented level of interest after mayor Thomas M. Menino decided to end his 20-year tenure. Since then, the race for mayor has become a virtual free-for-all. With 23 announced candidates, the mayor’s race is still in its infancy. There are some important dates before the Nov. 5 election. By June 25, the candidates must have 3,000 certified signatures. On Sept. 24, the field will be reduced to the top two candidates.

The election dates are the same for the at-large and district city council seats: September 24.