Field getting crowded in race for Boston's City Hall

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April 12, 2013, 6:46 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - Michael Ross says his life goal was never to be mayor of Boston, but he says he has always planned to help people through a life of public service - and now he is the latest candidate to join the Boston mayoral race.

The 41-year-old city councilor made it official via Twitter - an unconventional announcement for a candidate who says he wants to bring a fresh, forward thinking approach to governing the city.

"We're all going to be talking about education, jobs and public safety. I think its how we're going to approach those issues," Ross says.

Ross's father is a Holocaust survivor, and if he is elected, Ross would be the first Jewish mayor of Boston - a distinction he sees as no different than that of his friend and fellow city councilor, also a candidate for mayor, Felix Arroyo, who, if elected, would be the first Latino mayor of the city.

"I look forward to running alongside him. - but I think I also have something to share when it comes to the new immigrant community because I'm a first generation American too," Ross adds.

As Ross pointed out in his tweeted announcement, his mother, divorced from his father when he was 6 years old, has been in a committed relationship with a woman for 35 years.

"I'm so proud of my mother. I equate my mother to that group of leaders in our city who made marriage equality possible," he says.
Ross is the ninth candidate to announce his bid for Mayor - and all nine of them are men.

It's a fact that doesn't sit right with Tricia Adams, owner of Marla's Obsession, a woman's boutique in the heart of Roslindale Square.
"I think that's curious and a little bit disappointing. There are a lot of strong women possible candidates who can jump in and be a viable candidate," she says.

She mentions former state representative Charlotte Golar Richie as someone who would make a good Mayor, not realizing that Golar Richie has just public with the fact that she's strongly considering a run.

"We do want someone who's been in the city, working in the city, who knows the ins and outs and who can get the job done," Adams says.

Tags: Boston, Alison King, Felix Arroyo, Michael Ross, Boston City Hall, female candidates
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