Boston mayor announces he won't seek re-election

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Associated Press

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 11:04 PM

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has announced he won't seek re-election to an unprecedented sixth term after nearly two decades in office.

Menino told well-wishers gathered at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall Thursday afternoon that "I will leave the job that I love."

Menino's announcement came in the wake of persistent health problems including a six-week hospital state last year to treat a respiratory infection and a compression fracture in his spine. He says, "I'm back to a mayor's schedule, but not a Menino schedule"

His decision not to run is expected to spark a political stampede to fill the coveted seat.

Menino wasn't always the smoothest of political figures, but he earned a reputation as one of the hardest working, from filling potholes to shaping the city's skyline.

He also became a prominent voice nationally in favor of stricter gun control measures.

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