Newton Mayor David Cohen, facing calls from allies and critics alike to announce he won't run for re-election, said he is giving "careful consideration'' to the request and will make an announcement on Friday.
Cohen's former campaign manager and Move Newton Forward, a group pushing a $12-million property tax override, called on him to announce he wouldn't seek re-election in 2009. Their moves came amid a furor over Cohen's request for a $27,500 pay raise, which he has since decided to decline.
"As you know, I received a request yesterday from the Move Newton Forward pro-override advocate organization asking that I consider announcing I will not seek re-election in 2009,'' Cohen said in a statement. "I care deeply about the passage of this override, and I am concerned about the fate of the quality of our schools, level of public safety, and the overall quality of the Newton community should this override fail on May 20th. I am therefore giving this request careful consideration.''
Some backers of the property tax hike fear voters will reject it because they distrust Cohen.
Former Cohen campaign manager Gerry Chervinsky has speculated that Cohen is unlikely to run for re-election. Cohen has been mayor of Newton since 1998.