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Connolly: Would Look to Preserve South End Character, Improve Schools

City Councilor John Connolly announced his candidacy for mayor of Boston on Tuesday.

At-Large Boston City Councilor John Connolly announced on Tueday morning he will run for mayor of Boston this year, regardless of whether or not current Mayor Thomas Menino decides to run. 

Connolly said he respects Menino and his service to Boston, but noted he thought it's time for a change in leadership. 

"I've worked with [Menino] and I've learned from him, however, this campaign is about Boston's future, and the need for new ideas, new energy and a new resolve for Boston to reach its full potential."

Connolly said the way to ensure the future success of the city of Boston is to invest in its public schools to completely transform them into high-performing schools.

"The success of our schools directly impacts our ability to create safe healthy and liveable neighborhoods as well as our ability to create jobs, attract talent and retain families in Boston," Connolly said. "It's not a mission impossible. Transforming our schools is a matter of political will and a bold desire to change the status quo."

Connolly said that specifically for the South End, he will be looking to stay make sure the neighborhood's character remains through upcoming developments, engaging the LGBT community and the school community.

"We want to make sure we're principled about development, and that we respect and protect the character and integrity of the neighborhood," he said. "I have a strong commitment to the LGBT community... and I'm proud of my committement there. I've done a lot of work with Hurley School parents and I'm a big fan of the McKinley and the Blackstone and I want to make sure we're supporting our schools in the South End."

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