At-Large Boston City Councilor John Connolly announced on Tuesday morning he will run for mayor of Boston this year, regardless of whether or not current Mayor Thomas Menino decides to run.
Connolly said he respects Menino and his service to Boston, but noted he thought it's time for a change in leadership.
"I've worked with [Menino] and I've learned from him, however, this campaign is about Boston's future, and the need for new ideas, new energy and a new resolve for Boston to reach its full potential."
Connolly said the way to ensure the future success of the city of Boston is to invest in its public schools to completely transform them into high-performing schools.
"The success of our schools directly impacts our ability to create safe healthy and liveable neighborhoods as well as our ability to create jobs, attract talent and retain families in Boston," Connolly said. "It's not a mission impossible. Transforming our schools is a matter of political will and a bold desire to change the status quo."
Connolly, from West Roxbury, said he's close to the community in Jamaica Plain, adding that he hopes families choose to stay in the area when faced with a difficult decision based on schools.
"I think that are is all about the quality of our schools and making sure that families have the ability to stay...and raise a family rather than face the decision on whether or not to move," he said.