Ailing Boston Mayor Menino won't seek re-election

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 3:04 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Thomas Menino won't seek re-election for a sixth term amid ongoing health problems.

A person with direct knowledge of his decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Menino planned to announce he wouldn't be seeking re-election. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly.

Menino is already Boston's longest-serving mayor. The 70-year-old Democrat was re-elected to a fifth four-year term in 2009.

He has recently faced a series of health problems but has remained popular with voters.

He was hospitalized for eight weeks in the fall after a respiratory infection and a blood clot that was complicated by a spinal fracture and diabetes.

Menino's decision is expected to trigger a political stampede to replace him.

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