In Roslindale’s Annunciation Hall a standing room only crowd waited for Boston Mayor Thomas Menino Wednesday night to announce the worst kept secret in Beantown — that Menino is seeking a record fifth term.
In Roslindale’s Annunciation Hall a standing room only crowd waited for Boston Mayor Thomas Menino on Wednesday night to announce the worst kept secret in Beantown — that Menino is seeking a record fifth term.
As green and white pro-Menino signs in both English and Spanish decorated the crowd, Menino smiled as he went on stage. (Unbeknownst to some, the mayor had already announced before his trip to Roslindale that he’s running for re-election.)
“In 24 hours a lot of things have happened. We went on Facebook… and I’ve got a new name — tommytwitter. And mayor2.0. You know what that means? New. Improved. … I like that — new and improved.”
As Menino spoke about his campaign’s use of new interfacing technologies, his wife, Angela, stood next to him with a smile. Before he started Menino thanked his wife, their kids and grandkids (all of who were present).
“I’m running because there are 600,000 people in the city. … I want to make sure that we are here to improve the city,” said Menino. “It’s going to be about the future. It’s not about the past. You can’t run on mayor for what you’ve done. I want to tell you as a candidate now, all you folks are my strength.”
Menino said that in recent years the city has seen more affordable housing, safer streets and he added the crime rate has gone down the last three years. “No other city can say that.”
Before Menino spoke Clare Reilly, the former executive director of Women’s Lunch Place, a non-profit organization, spoke about how much Menino helped the organization while she worked there.
Reilly said Menino was always at the organization’s events and she figured that it was his favorite charity. Then she spoke with other executive directors for other non-profits and she learned that her counterparts thought the same thing about their charities.
Other Menino supporters offered thoughts on their candidate.
“I’m particularly interested in health issues,” said Emily Feinberg, of Jamaica Plain. “I work at a health center in Dorchester. I think [Menino] has done a great job about supporting community health centers.”
Christine Tarris of Roslindale, who was there with her husband and three kids, said as a city employee she’s happy that Menino has loosened some of the resident restrictions.
“He represents neighborhood causes really well and I like that,” said Barry Shuman of West Roxbury.
Also in attendance were several politicians including state Reps Angelo Scaccia and Mike Rush; John Tobin (who announced Reilly), Rob Consalvo, Stephen Murphy and Mark Ciommo, all of the Boston City Council were present.
Two councilors, who were not present for obvious reasons, were At-Large Councilors Sam Yoon and Michael Flaherty. Both men have already announced they are running for mayor too, as is South End resident Kevin McCrea.
All three candidates are regarded as underdogs and have said they would like at least one debate with Menino.
At his campaign rally Menino spoke about his opinions, “I’m not afraid of any position I’ve taken in 16 years. You may not agree with me all the time, but I do what I think is the right thing by the people of the city. I don’t do it by polling. It’s not about consultants. My consultants are the people who I see at bakeries or playgrounds.”David Ertischek can be reached at email@example.com or 781-433-8384