John Connolly graduated from Roxbury Latin in 1991 and Harvard College in 1995, before spending three years teaching in middle-school classrooms, first at Nativity Mission Center on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and then at Renaissance Charter School in Boston’s theater district.
He earned a law degree from Boston College in 2001. He lost his first bid for City Council in 2005, but won in 2007 and made schools the focus of his three terms in office.
Connolly lives in West Roxbury with his wife and their two children, Clare and Teddy, 3½. The couple is expecting their third child this summer.
“I know the history and it’s daunting, but if I run, I’m going to run to win,” Connolly said. “I think Mayor Menino is a good man whom I immensely respect, but I don’t think our schools will change without new ideas, new energy, and new leadership.”
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