At-Large Boston City Councilor John Connolly announced on Tueday morning that 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 that he believes it is 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 at a press conference held Tuesday morning in Brighton.
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 downtown development projects that respect the integrity and character of those who live there are very much on his mind, as is the need for a downtown school, which he said was of paramount importance.