Michael Flaherty Announces For Mayor

Sent out at 7:00 this morning, here it is in its entirety:

Dear Friend,

As many of you already know, I have spent the last year carefully considering a run for Mayor of Boston. Sitting with you for coffee, listening on your doorsteps or talking around your kitchen table, I have heard a consistent call that our city is ready to move in a new direction.

So today, my wife, Laurene, and I want you to be the first to know that I am announcing my candidacy to become the next Mayor of Boston. Yes, this is a different kind of announcement and that's because this will be a different kind of campaign. This is going to be a campaign where you and I roll up our sleeves and work together to get Boston working for residents again.

Our great city is ready for new leadership. Leadership that protects the interests of all residents and expands opportunities is essential for our city to reach its highest potential, even as we face extraordinary challenges with crime, public education and the economy. It is leadership I cannot provide alone; I need you to join me. Tell your friends and family about our intentions, and get involved.

I have lived my entire life in Boston. Our city's history - beginning with its leading role in the American Revolution - reminds us of why Boston is a great place for all of us to call home. Boston is home not just for families, but also to our nation's leading hospitals, prominent colleges and universities and innovative businesses. Boston is home to America's favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. And Boston is the birthplace of many of the nation's "firsts" such as the first public school, the first subway system, the first World Series, the first community health center and even the first American town hall meeting that occurred on October 8, 1633.

The people attending that town hall meeting in Dorchester 376 years ago knew something then that we need to remember now in 2009: a democratic body is run by the people and for the people. Regretfully, I think this simple commitment to democracy has become overshadowed by a city government that is run behind closed doors and has shut out the public. Government should never be about who you know. Government should be about equal access and opportunity for every taxpayer in this city. Please join me in our campaign to bring an open, transparent government to Boston.

I have learned a lot during my eight years on the City Council and as a crime-fighting assistant district attorney for Suffolk County. For me, serving as an elected leader is about serving the people and securing a promising future for this city. Real leadership is about more than handshakes and ribbon cuttings. Real leadership is about accountability and taking direct responsibility for ensuring that our city's children - including my own - can grow up safely and happily in this city. I want to know that our schools won't fail our youth and that a healthy, diverse job market and choices of quality affordable housing awaits them. I want our next generation of leaders to be inspired by our city as I have been -- not left feeling disappointed, excluded or distrusting.

Over the next few weeks and months ahead, I will ask you to join me in crafting proposals to get Boston working for all of us, not just a select few. I assure you, this campaign will be about the bottom up - not the top down - and will engage all residents to find what is keeping them up at night and where they see the city's greatest potentials. This campaign will be fueled by your ideas and will be committed to replacing out-of-touch politics with policies that meet the specific needs and priorities of you and all Boston residents.

So now, it's time to turn another page in Boston's history and to start a chapter that revolutionizes how we do business in Boston. I am excited about our future and together we can open the doors of City Hall and bring government to all of Boston's neighborhoods.

Please join me in this grassroots campaign and get involved to help us build a better community.

Thank you for everything you do for Boston.


Michael Flaherty

PS: Later this week I will be launching a new website to be your Mayor.

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