Marty Martinez, Boston's chief of health and human services, said today he's thinking of running to replace his current boss, Marty Walsh, when Walsh moves to Washington as labor secretary.
Martinez said he's proud of the work he's done to help Boston respond to Covid-19, but said that whoever follows Walsh will have an incredible amount of work to continue the fight. "I'm absolutely considering running for mayor," he said in response to a reporter's question at a City Hall press conference about Covid-19.
Martinez wouldn't get drawn into the battle over whether Boston should hold a special election for mayor should Walsh leave before March 5, but said that whatever happens, he would work to ensure in-person voting is as safe as possible, as was done last year.
Under the city charter, Boston would have to hold a special election - and likely a preliminary for that - to elect somebody who would serve until the winning candidate in the regular fall elections is sworn in.