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BOSTON (AP) - Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley has declared his candidacy for mayor of Boston.
In a written statement Wednesday, Conley said his entire career has been "dedicated to giving voice to the voiceless and hope to the most poor and vulnerable."
He also said Boston needs a mayor who can make tough decisions, even when they offend powerful interests, and who can work with business and neighborhood groups.
Conley's decision comes a week after longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced he would not seek an unprecedented sixth term in office.
Menino's decision was expected to trigger a political stampede of would-be successors.
City Councilor John Connolly had formally declared his candidacy before Menino made the surprise announcement last week. State Rep. Martin Walsh and City Councilor Felix Arroyo are also eyeing the seat.
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