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(NECN: Jackie Bruno, Boston) - Nine months to go and Mayor Tom Menino says that's plenty of time to get more work done and have some fun. As the longest serving mayor in Boston, Menino has certainly left his mark on the city.
It’s still too soon for people to know what they really want in another mayor. A lot of people are still recovering from the news that Mayor Menino will not run again, but, whoever they choose, will have big shoes to fill.
“I’m here with the people I love, to tell the city I love, that I will leave the job that I love.”
And with that, Mayor Menino formally announced he will not run for a record sixth term.
Surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren, the Mayor delivered a blueprint for how to be a good mayor.
He said he met more than half his constituents by pounding the pavement and helping them with the things they needed most: schools, housing and opportunities.
Soon, citizens will have to make a choice: what do they want in a future mayor.
“A business man with a heart, not a business man who wants to just buy and sell,” said one.
“I think it should be the best person who can create jobs, make everyone happy, it’s a balance…. We need some actions,” said Kyle Campbell.
“I think Mayor Menino was awesome… anyone that can match up to him would be perfect,” said Carly Tilton.
Whoever they pick, Mayor Menino had this request:
“I just ask that you choose someone who loves this city as much as I do.”
Mayor Menino still has nine months left in office. And as he said Thursday night, that’s still enough time to get things done. But, candidates to fill his seat will start lining up long before that. John Connolly has already declared his candidacy but we’ll have to wait and see who also puts his or her hat in the ring.