DA Conley: I will likely run for mayor of Boston
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley says he’ll likely run for mayor of Boston.
“I’m going to make an announcement in the next couple days. That’s where I am. I’m very interested in running for mayor. I’m most certainly going to do it, but the formal announcement -- I’m going to make that soon,” Conley told 7News.
The Suffolk County District Attorney told 7News he's even discussed his intentions with Mayor Thomas Menino.
“When he became mayor, I followed on the city council. So who knows. As he mentioned at his event at Faneuil Hall, he's going to let the citizens of Boston decide and I respect that and I think that's a good thing,” said Conley.
Conley says his background, leading the largest district attorney's office in the state, would serve him well as city mayor.
And while he isn’t making it official, the Boston-born prosecutor says he's made up his mind:
“I think I’m a good candidate. I think I have a lot to offer the citizens of Boston. So I think there are a lot of positive reasons I should,” Conley said.
Conley's decision comes a week after longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced he would not seek an unprecedented sixth term in office.
Menino's decision was expected to trigger a political stampede of would-be successors.
City Councilor John Connolly had formally declared his candidacy before Menino made the surprise announcement last week. Other potential candidates said to be eyeing the seat include state Rep. Martin Walsh and City Councilor Felix Arroyo.
As district attorney, Conley is the chief law enforcement officer for the cities of Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop. He was appointed to the office in February of 2002 and was elected in his own right later that year and again in 2006.
Before becoming district attorney, Conley served eight years on the Boston City Council and nine years as an assistant district attorney and was named to Massachusetts' first anti-gang violence task force.
Menino promised not to take sides in the race to succeed him, but was ready with some advice last week.
The 70-year-old Menino has had persistent health problems including a six-week hospital stay last year to treat a respiratory infection and a compression fracture in his spine. Menino also was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.