In e-mail to supporters this morning, at-large City Councilor Michael Flaherty said he is "keeping my options open" about running to replace Marty Walsh as mayor.
Flaherty, who ran for mayor against Tom Menino in 2009, then adds, though, that unlike certain other candidates he could name, he doesn't have a large war chest, so:
In the upcoming days, we’ll see who is running for mayor. If I feel that the candidates aren’t addressing the issues of concern that I feel matter to voters, I’ll throw my hat into the race. I want the decision to be based on issues and not funds or lack of funds.
The next mayor faces many challenges and needs to be ready to hit the ground running. I feel well prepared regarding the issues and challenges. What I don’t have is the large campaign war chest that those who were running against Mayor Walsh have amassed. Would you please help me catch up by making a donation today?
According to his latest finance filing, Flaherty had nearly $200,000 in the bank as of Dec. 31. This compares to Michelle Wu's $536,000 and Andrea Campbell's 514,000. Even combined, though, all these amounts are dwarfed by the $6.2 million Marty Walsh reported having on hand at the end of the year.