Conley, Consalvo enter mayoral race
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Two more hats are in the ring to be the next mayor of Boston.
Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley and City Councilor Rob Consalvo are now in the running.
Conley has held public office for 20 years and used to hold Mayor Thomas Menino’s city council seat before becoming DA in 2002.
Conley said he loves Boston, but there’s more work to be done.
“We see all the downtown development, all the people moving into our city - but they seem to be at the high end…that's great. You hear about the micro units, that's great - but what about the middle class families? How do we get people who are on the lower end of the economic strata, if you will, into the middle class?” said Conley.
Consalvo, who now holds the city council seat Conley and Menino vacated, says he has a proven record representing a diverse district and he wants to work to bring people closer together.
“I have 11 years on the city council where if you look at my record of bringing new technology to the city, I’ve been the person that has implemented the most public policy initiatives that helped city government run efficiently,” said Consalvo.
Candidates looking to replace Menino can start applying for official nomination papers April 17.
A preliminary election is set for Sept. 24. The final election is scheduled for Nov. 5.
City Councilor John Connolly has already launched a campaign. Other potential candidates include State Representative Martin Walsh of Dorchester, as well as City Councilors Rob Consalvo Charles Yancey and Tito Jackson.