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Boston Councilor Consalvo Enters Mayoral Race

BOSTON — Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo announced Thursday he’ll run for mayor.

Another councilor, Tito Jackson, said he will not run.

Rob Consalvo, at WBUR (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Rob Consalvo, at WBUR (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Consalvo, of Hyde Park, represents District 5.

“For the last 11 years I have built a very strong record as a Boston City Councilor bringing new ideas, new energy, and new vision all across our city,” Consalvo said in a statement.

In the statement, he touted several of his accomplishments on the council, including proposing that ShotSpotter technology be implemented in Boston. The system helps police respond quickly to gunshots fired.

It is estimated that it could take up to $1 million to wage a successful mayoral campaign, but Consalvo told WBUR money won’t decide the race.

“Winning this race is going to be about the people of the city of Boston,” he said. “Winning this race is going to be about whoever works the hardest. Winning this race is going to be about whoever goes out, knocks on the most doors, and goes to the most events.”

Consalvo joins Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley and fellow Councilor John Connolly as candidates officially seeking the position. Several others have also said they are weighing a potential run.

But Councilor Jackson, in a statement, said that he would not join the race.

“While my vision of Boston, past, present and future, is one of resonance and promise, I truly believe that my work in District 7 is not finished,” he said in the statement.

He added: “I look forward to the working with the next Mayor to make Boston better than it is today.”

Also Thursday, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Director James Rooney said he will not be a mayoral candidate.

“After much thought and discussions with family, friends, and supporters, I have decided not to run for mayor of the City of Boston,” Rooney said in a statement given to State House News Service. “I wish all the candidates a well-run campaign and look forward to working with the new mayor to take Boston to even greater heights.”

On Thursday, Connolly received the endorsements of fellow Councilor Matt O’Malley, state Rep. Ed Coppinger and Boston School Committee member Mary Tamer.

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