At-large Councilor Ayanna Pressley made the announcement today:
I've never been more proud to represent and serve this City. The resiliency demonstrated by the people of Boston this past week has only strengthened my resolve in this work. And while it still doesn't feel like the right time for politics, we are approaching a time in the election cycle where my supporters and my good friends already in the race deserve to know my decision.â€ť
After careful consideration, prayer, and thoughtful counsel with family and friends, I have decided that I will run for reelection to the Boston City Council. I am grateful for and humbled by the outpouring of support from those urging me to consider running for Mayor. While the time may come for me to pursue a different office, that time isn't now.
There is more work to do and I look forward to continuing to advocate for girls and women and for policies that aim to break cycles of poverty and violence. I will make sure - as voters will - that these issues are front and center in the upcoming Council and Mayoral races.