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What are the most important issues facing the City Council?

Housing is the number one issue. There are folks being priced out of the city. The council has to come up with a way for people to stay here. — Woody Vainqueur, Activist, Roxbury

How does the cost of health care affect you?

I’m insured by my job. I’m lucky. It comes out of my check, but I’m fully covered. — Molly Tucker, Membership Services, Allston

What do you think can be done to prevent mass shootings like the one in Oregon last week?

I think everyone should get together, protest and pray. We need more peace. We need unity. — Patricia Robinson, Housewife, South End

How does the cost of housing in Boston affect you?

It’s too high. I spend less time with family and more time working to keep our home. — Robert Caldwell, Construction, Roxbury

What do you think should be done to stop police abuse of blacks?

I think it’s really going to take body cameras, reform in the justice system and more civilian oversight. — Ginette Powell, Gifts Coordinator, Upham’s Corner

Why do you think Donald Trump is doing so well with Republican voters?

It’s because he’s different. He’s speaking his mind, unscripted. — Mike Raines, Security, Grove Hall

What do you think children need most to succeed in school?

Kids require support from home and good time management. They need to be encouraged and shown an example of what good, hard work looks like. And they need love from their parents. — Marvin Venay, Designer, Roxbury

Why do you think the minimum wage is so low?

They’re trying to see how little they can get away with paying. They squeeze people until they can’t take it anymore. — Sirad Zahra, Yoga Instructor, Roxbury

What do you think are the most important issues the next president of the United States will face?

Jobs and the economy. And cops. There’s too many cops shooting black kids and getting away with it. That’s the number one issue. — Rafael Puntiel, Driver, Roxbury

Why do you think turnout is low for City Council elections in Boston?

I think people still think there’s too much machine politics in Boston. People don’t think voting someone new in will change things. — Stuart Spina, Researcher, Chelsea

Why, in the age of cellphone videos, do you think police officers are still shooting unarmed blacks?

I don’t know why they do it. They’re just out of control. — Angela, Environmental Services, Roxbury

To what extent do you think things have changed in the year since Michael Brown died in Ferguson, Missouri?

No. The same thing is happening. You look at the news, it’s still happening everywhere. Nothing has changed. - Sheila Hector, Caregiver, Roxbury

Do you think America can win the war on drugs?

If the war is against the people, yes. If it’s against drugs, no. - Beloved, Teaching Assistant, Boston

What do you think can be done to reduce the income gap?

Minimum wage should be at least $15 an hour. How can a man feed his family on $9 an hour? - Walter Farrell, Retired, Dorchester

What do you think of Donald Trump’s candidacy for president?

Donald Trump is a racist. He’ll never win. — William, Construction, Roxbury