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Medford Mayor McGlynn won't run for Congress

Posted by Jarret Bencks  February 14, 2013 10:56 AM

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Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn once coveted Ed Markey's seat in the US House of Representatives, but not anymore.

In a statement issued Wednesday night, McGlynn said he would not run for Markey's seat should it come open in June.

"It would be an honor to serve in Congress," McGlynn said in a statement. "However, it is no secret that politically, Medford is my first love. I am a proud son of Medford and its greatest cheerleader."

McGlynn, a Democrat, was briefly a candidate to replace Markey in 1984, when Markey began a campaign for the Senate seat of retiring Paul Tsongas. Markey dropped out of the race -- the seat ultimately went to John Kerry -- instead running for reelection to his fifth consecutive term in Congress, leading McGlynn to withdraw his candidacy.

He has been mayor since 1988, when the city switched from having a city manager as its top administrator to an elected mayor. He is the state's longest-serving active mayor.

Markey's seat will come free if he wins a June special election for Kerry's spot in the Senate. State Representative Carl Sciortino, D-Medford, was the first prominent name to declare his candidacy for Markey's seat, which he announced last week.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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