Consalvo, a district city councilor from Hyde Park, said running for mayor dominated talk at his house this weekend, even when he was dyeing Easter eggs with his children.
With the support of his family, Consalvo began reaching out to supporters in his district and across the city. He has roughly $80,000 in his campaign account. “I did let the mayor know I’m considering a run,” said Consalvo. “He just wished me well. Once I connected with him, I put on the full-court press.”
Ross, a city councilor from Mission Hill, has roughly $225,000 in his campaign account and said he has been discussing the move with friends, neighbors, and a cross-section of the city.
As council president, Murphy would be in line to become acting mayor if Menino leaves early. Murphy said he spoke to the mayor Saturday, and the mayor told him he planned to finish his term. Murphy, who has $90,000 in his campaign account, is also weighing his third run for state treasurer, but said Tuesday a campaign for mayor has also crossed his mind.
“It’s a serious decision that requires some thought,” said Murphy. “These positions don’t come up all the time.”
Sanchez, the state representative from Jamaica Plain, said he had the conversation Easter Sunday with his family over “pernil asado” (roast pork) and “arroz con gandules” (rice with pigeon peas).
Sanchez had roughly $22,000 in his campaign account at the end of 2012.
“There’s a lot of soul searching with the people you love the most,” Sanchez said. “This is a big step. Tom Menino defined what a mayor is. It’s an enormous responsibility. It’s not all about ribbon cuttings.”
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