Politics & Government
1:12 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

DA Dan Conley Announces Run for Mayor of Boston

District Attorney Daniel Conley waits for word about the jury's decision as the jury in the quadruple Mattapan homicide trial of Edward Washington and Dwayne Moore deliberates for a sixth day at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston, Wednesday, March 21, 2012.
District Attorney Daniel Conley
Credit (AP Photo)

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley has announced he will run for Mayor of Boston.

In a statement emailed to several area journalists, Conley officially entered the race.

The statement included an embargo for 2 p.m. Wednesday, which WGBH News had not agreed to before receiving the email. 

Read Conley's full statement below:

Boston is a great city, and with the right leadership and vision, its best days are still ahead. So today I am officially declaring that I am a candidate for Mayor of Boston.

My entire career has been dedicated to giving voice to the voiceless and hope to the most poor and vulnerable among us. Boston needs to be a city where long-time residents and those fixed on incomes can feel secure, and where middle class families aren’t priced out. It means making Boston a place where younger residents can start careers and families, and where our poorest neighbors can find real economic hope and mobility.

To make Boston the city we want it to be requires a mayor who can make tough decisions, even when they offend powerful interests and upset the status quo. It’s going to require a mayor who leads with integrity, for whom transparency is a way of doing business and not just a buzzword, and who will ensure that city government is responsive and accountable to the people it serves. We’ll need a mayor who can manage and innovate in good times and tough times. We’ll need a mayor who has worked with residents and businesses in every neighborhood and has built partnerships with every conceivable constituency. Finally, we need a mayor who recognizes Boston as a city defined not by old divisions and superficial differences but by our shared hopes and aspirations.

I’ve done these things. These qualities are the hallmarks of my career and the leadership I will bring to the Mayor’s office. So if you are like me and love this city and want to see it live up to its full promise and potential, then my campaign is your campaign. Boston can only reach its full promise and potential when every one of its residents has a fair chance to reach theirs. I intend to put my heart and soul (and several pairs of shoes) into this campaign. I ask for your support, your energy, and your ideas and together we’ll make Boston the most livable and workable city in America.