BOSTON (AP) - Thomas Menino's announcement that he would not seek a sixth term is triggering speculation over who might enter what promises to be a spirited race to succeed Boston's longest-serving mayor.
The city has had only three mayors in the last 45 years. The 70-year-old Menino, who has been having health problems, made his announcement Thursday. He promised not to take sides in the race to succeed him, but was ready with some advice. He said he gets all his energy and ideas from the people of Boston, not from consultants.
Prior to Menino's announcement, only City Councilor John Connolly had formally declared his candidacy. Other possibilities include state Rep. Martin Walsh, city councilors Tito Jackson and Ayanna Pressley, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, and Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley.