Emotional Menino announces he won't seek re-election
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Historic Faneuil Hall was filled with Thomas Menino supporters who were there to pay tribute as a historic mayor announced he will not run for an unprecedented sixth term in office.
Boston’s longest-serving mayor was accompanied by his family as he made the announcement to an enthusiastic crowd Thursday afternoon.
“I’m here with the people I love to tell the city I love that I will leave the job that I love,” said Menino.
Menino said he can still do the job, but not the way he wants.
"I can run, I can win and I can lead, but not in the neighborhoods all the time as I like,” said Menino.
“I am back to a mayor schedule, but not a Menino schedule and I miss that. I miss it in every event,” said Menino.
The man who is nicknamed the “Urban Mechanic” said he is proud of the way he is leaving the city.
“Population, school enrollment, crime rates and housing, all have hit their best mark in years,” Menino said.
The field of candidates to replace Menino is likely to be big, but he said he won’t be getting involved in the race.
“I have no plans to pick the person to fill this seat. I just ask that you pick someone who loves this city as much as I do,” said Menino.
Menino even received a call from Vice President Joe Biden after his announcement.
Menino said he made his decision over the last several days after discussing it with his family. Menino said although he won’t be running again, he’ll still be involved with the city.