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(NECN: John Moroney) - It's official. Boston City Councilor John Connolly says he's running for mayor. He spoke Tuesday at an event in Boston's Brighton neighborhood.
Tom Menino has yet to make up his mind as to whether or not he will run and be a candidate again, but Connolly says he will be in the race and the number one issue he will be running on is education.
“I am running for mayor of Boston,” Connolly announced.
He announced his campaign Tuesday morning and says he wants to bring new ideas and energy to the job and transform the city’s schools.
“I’m not running to please the powers of the status quo in Boston. I’m running for these parents who are behind me right now and I’m running for every parent across this city who is raising a child in this city,” Connolly said.
The 39-year-old has two children with his wife. He’s a former teacher and was first elected to the city council in 2007.
He’s the first candidate to jump into the race for mayor and could face the difficult task of running against Tom Menino if the long-term incumbent decides to seek another term.
“I don’t know if he’s going to run but I’m going to run a campaign to win whatever the field is and I think people are going to respond to a message around transforming our schools as the cornerstone of our city’s future,” Connolly says.