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(NECN: Kathryn Sotnik, Boston) - He's been the face of Boston for the last 20 years, but Mayor Tom Menino says his run is over. He will not seek re-election to a sixth term.
Right now, there's just one person in the Boston mayoral race: city councilor John Connolly.
The city councilor announced he was running against Menino earlier this month.
“I had no idea. I think I’m just as shocked as everybody in the city and really my biggest feelings are ones of gratitude to Mayor Menino for 20 years of committed service to this city and for the thousands of lives he touched in this city, including my own.”
Connolly would have big shoes to fill.
“Yeah, listen, I think it’s going to be a real tough race and we’re obviously going to have a lot of people in it but today’s really about Mayor Menino and saying thank you to him.”
Possible mayoral candidates who are speculated to run: State Rep. Martin Walsh, City Councilor Rob Consalvo and City Councilor Tito Jackson.
Mayor Menino spoke outside his Hyde Park home and outside City Hall Thursday morning.