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(NECN: Justin Michaels, Boston) - After months of speculation, Boston Mayor Tom Menino will make it official Thursday. He will not run for a sixth term as mayor.
On April 17, candidates for mayor of Boston can begin applying for nomination papers. That is the first step to get their name on the ballot.
And for the first time since 1993, a name the elections office won’t see on an application is Thomas Menino.
A recent Boston Globe poll shows 74.1-percent of people approve of the mayor but only 43.1-percent think he should run again.
This upcoming mayor’s race will mark the first open mayor’s race in Boston since 1983.
Mayor Menino is now 71 years old and his health trouble has been well reported. He was hospitalized for eight weeks in the fall for several health problems including Type 2 Diabetes. And that is likely a deciding factor in why Menino won’t seek an unprecedented sixth term.
While in office, Menino has become a political powerhouse, playing a critical role in helping elect U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. He has also been an outspoken voice in favor of stricter gun laws.
The Mayor is expected to tell his close staffers and handlers Thursday morning and then at 4 p.m. Thursday, Menino will formally announce that he won’t run for re-election at a speech at Faneuil Hall.
This is the first time Menino will use Faneuil Hall for anything election related. He’s never used the historic hall for any campaign announcements.
It is truly an historic day in Boston.