District 8 City Councillor Mike Ross is running for mayor, and his seat, which includes parts of the Back Bay, Beacon Hill and the West End as well as Mission Hill and the Fenway, is up for grabs. Last week this column featured two candidates, Mike Nichols and Tom Dooley. This week, you’ll get to know Gloria Murray and Josh Zakim.
Gloria Murray, 50, is a native Bostonian. She attended Boston Public Schools, and was bused to the Michelangelo in the North End, which, she says, opened her eyes to new people and new experiences. She went to Northeastern, and earned a master’s in community development from Southern New Hampshire University. She has worked as a community organizer and as a fair housing information specialist.