Locals react to Menino's decision to not seek re-election
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The end of Mayor Thomas Menino’s term will also mark the end of a chapter in Boston’s history.
“I think that’s crazy. He’s been the mayor forever, as long as I’ve been in the city,” said Jeff Fredickson, a Boston resident.
Menino is a leader known for getting involved in the community, no matter how big or small the cause.
“I have a daughter and we do an Easter egg hunt in Brighton and he always shows up for that. It’s a local event for kids and he always seems to show up for the kids. He shows up for the public,” said Jack McDonough, who lives in Boston.
“He has a good heart and he really [does] care about the people and the people that he serves,” said Joyce Davis, a Boston resident.
Local business owner Bill Hearn said he will remember the mayor for looking out for mom-and-pop shops.
“I think he was fair to businesses. He understood that small business generates employment and that he didn’t sock it to us or anything like that over the years,” said Hearn.
Many in Boston said they will miss Menino’s unique charm.
“Hey look, sometimes it’s the content of the speech, not the actual mumbling as they refer to it,” said Hearn.
Everyone seems to agree the city will be different without him.
“As far as I know he’s done a great job. He’s kind of the face of the city at this point,” said Fredickson. “I just don’t know what it’s going to be like without him.”