Menino Will Not Seek Sixth Term
Tom Menino has been Boston’s mayor for 20 years, a record five terms in office. But he’s been on the city’s political scene for even longer. We discuss Mayor Tom Menino’s decision not to run for a sixth term.
Scot Lehigh, columnist for The Boston Globe.
Peter Kadzis, former editor of The Boston Phoenix.
Renee Loth, editor of ArchitectureBoston and columnist for The Boston Globe.
WBUR “The popular Democrat and Boston’s longest-serving mayor said in an emotional impromptu news conference outside his Hyde Park home Thursday that it was ‘a very difficult decision.’ ‘When you have something you really love, you lived 24/7 for the last 20 years, it’s tough to say no, but there’s a time and place for everything,’ Menino said.”
The New York Times “A suddenly open mayoral seat is likely to unleash a flood of pent-up ambition among politicians who have been stifled for nearly a generation.”
The Boston Globe “Menino’s departure will do much more than trigger the first open mayor’s race since 1983. It will mark the end of an era, a watershed moment in Boston akin to the retirement of Ted Williams after his two-decade run at Fenway Park.”
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