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The Man Of A Million Handshakes: Everyone, It Seems, Has A Menino Story

After 20 years behind the big desk at City Hall, Boston Mayor Tom Menino will not seek a sixth term.

The 70-year-old Democrat, who was hospitalized for nearly two months in the fall, says his health played a role in his decision.

Reaction to the news is pouring in. Everyone, it seems, has a Menino story. After all, a recent poll by The Boston Globe showed nearly half of the city's residents had met the mayor personally.

You'll find reflections from the following Cog contributors below:

  • Jarrett Barrios, CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts
  • Tiziana Dearing, former president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston
  • Wendy Kaminer, lawyer and social critic
  • Renée Loth, writer and editor
  • Eileen McNamaraPulitzer Prize-winning columnist (previously published)
  • Tom Mashberg, freelance journalist
  • Micho Spring, former deputy mayor of Boston
  • Jane Swift, former governor of Massachusetts
  • Thomas J. Whalen, associate professor of social science at Boston University

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We'll be adding more reflections as they come in.

Menino announces that he won’t seek re-election for an unprecedented sixth term at Faneuil Hall in Boston Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Menino announces that he won’t seek re-election for an unprecedented sixth term at Faneuil Hall in Boston Thursday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Have you ever met the mayor? Share your stories and photos in the comments below. 


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This program aired on March 28, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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