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(NECN: Justin Michaels, Boston) - If Boston Mayor Tom Menino decides to run for office again, he will have some new competition.
City Councilor John R. Connolly, who represents Roxbury, launched a website late Monday night, declaring his candidacy for the city's top job.
Connolly, 39, planned to hold a rally somewhere in Boston Tuesday. The exact location hadn't been announced because the Connolly camp said they didn't want to let the Menino camp know their strategy.
But Connolly does have an active website, Facebook page, and Twitter page.
The Connolly campaign, and what seems to be his platform as he starts his campaign, is focused on Boston city schools.
In making this jump to running for mayor, Connolly would abandon his city council seat. He would also risk his political future.
Three other city councilors ran for mayor in the past, and all lost to Menino while also losing their political clout.
One thing Connolly said he won't do is focus on Mayor Menino's age and health if he does choose to run for reelection.