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What do you think of Donald Trump’s lead in the Republican primaries?

I’m not too pleased with that. He’s not a good candidate. Listen to the way he talks. I don’t think he can run the country. — Melissa Wright, Secretary, Roxbury

What role do you think the black vote will play in this year’s presidential race?

I think it will increase. I hope it spurs black people to recognize our importance in the political process. — Bruce Bickerstaff, Barber, Roxbury

What do you think is the importance of next week’s presidential primary?

It’s hugely important. We are at a juncture where we have a say in who the next president will be. It’s especially important for young people to get involved. — Sarah Sebastian, Legislative Aide, Cambridge

To what extent do you think income inequality is an important issue in this year’s presidential race?

All I hear them saying that they’re going to create more jobs. I want to see change. — Mary, Sales, Dorchester

What issues are at stake in the upcoming presidential election?

The candidates aren’t speaking the truth. They need to talk about how they can help the community. Actions speak louder than words. — Denise Williams, Student, Mattapan

What issues are at stake in the upcoming presidential election?

The candidates aren’t speaking the truth. They need to talk about how they can help the community. Actions speak louder than words. — Denise Williams, Student, Mattapan

Who would you like to see become the next president of the United States?

I would like it to be Hillary Clinton. She’s more in to the community. She cares about low-income people. — Sandra, Receptionist, Dorchester

Do you think the problem of racism is getting better or worse in the United States?

I don’t think it’s getting any better. It seems like it, with cop shootings. People need to learn not to hate. — Muriel Cadet, Homeless, Boston

What do you think is the most pressing civil rights issue today?

Racism. There can be no progress without unity. And there will be no unity without a multi-class movement fighting racism. — Stevan Kirschbaum, Bus Driver, Roslindale

What do you think can be done to reduce gun violence in the United States?

You have to screen people better. Background checks. People should have a good reason for owning a gun. You can’t just give them to everybody. — Abdula Saccoh, Student, Boston

What do you think are the most important issues facing the City Council in 2016?

The Boston Public Schools. Particularly looking at schools that have been underperforming. And ongoing economic development projects in Roxbury and Dorchester. — Wilnelia Rivera, Project Management Consultant, Mattapan

What would you like to see in the year 2016?

I’d like to see the economy improve and prices come down so people can live. — Joanne, Business Manager, Boston

What do you think were the most important news developments in 2015?

I think the most important news stories are the ones you don’t hear about, like police violence. It’s been going on for a long time. — Arthur Collins, Youth Coalition Coordinator, Roxbury

Do you think the United States should send ground troops to Syria?

No. Neither there nor anywhere else, for that matter. Since Korea, ground troops haven’t changed conditions for the better. — Napoleon Jones Henderson, Artist, Roxbury

Why do you think blacks don’t vote Republican?

They don’t really do anything for us. They say a lot but do nothing. — Sonja Mitchell, School Volunteer, Roxbury