Politico reports Marty Walsh, a former union president, could be moving from Lower Mills to Washington soon.
If it happens, the timing of his resignation would determine for how long Council President Kim Janey becomes acting mayor. Quoting City Clerk Maureen Feeney, herself a former councilor, the Dorchester Reporter reports that if Walsh resigns before March, Janey would only serve as mayor until a special election called by the City Council, but that if he resigns after, then she would serve until at least Jan. 1 - when the winner of the regularly scheduled fall elections is inaugurated. The timing is set by the city charter.
This is how Tom Menino became mayor back in the day, after Ray Flynn left to become ambassador to the Vatican.
Two other councilors - Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell - are already running for mayor this fall.
Wu wasted no time congratulating Walsh, mayor since 2014.
Congratulations to Mayor Marty Walsh on his nomination as Labor Secretary for the Biden Administration. He will be the first union member to serve in this role in nearly 50 years, and his leadership will come at a critical time for the labor movement. There is much work to do to clean up the backwards, anti-worker policies of the Trump administration that have hurt so many here in our city, and Boston needs a partner to fight for working families at the federal level.