City Councilor Felix Arroyo to run for mayor of Boston
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Boston City Councilor Felix Arroyo announced he will be running to replace Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. If he’s elected, he would make history in Boston.
Arroyo, 33, is a two-term Boston city councilor.
As a Latino, he’s the only candidate of color in the current field of white men in the mayoral race. If elected, he would be the first Latino mayor in Boston’s history. Boston has shifted drastically in recent years from a white-majority population to a minority-majority population.
Arroyo’s father, Felix D. Arroyo, was the first Latino elected to the city council.
Arroyo brushed off questions about race Tuesday saying he is focused on winning support from all voters.
“My vision of Boston is a Boston where everybody has access to opportunities to succeed. Where every child receives a quality education. Where we all live in a safe neighborhood,” said Arroyo.
Arroyo didn’t answer questions about specific issues, but he was passionate about what he says will be a grassroots campaign. He pointed out he got his start in politics as political director for the Service Employees International Union, which represents hotel workers and janitors.
“The strongest grassroots campaign powered by committed volunteers and funded by small donors -- that’s our path directly because that’s the only way that I would want to win and that’s exactly how I will govern,” Arroyo said.
Arroyo joins a growing field of candidates looking to replace Mayor Tom Menino. The list includes: Councilors John Connolly and Rob Consalvo, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley, State Rep. Martin Walsh and longtime community organizer Bill Walczak.