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Waltham mayor reconsidering stepping down in 2016, might run for a fourth term

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  January 22, 2014 01:43 PM

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Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy said she is reconsidering an earlier decision not to seek reelection in 2015 for the four-year term that would start in 2016.

"I'm considering it," McCarthy said today when asked if she will run again. "It's still two years away."

McCarthy said she wants another four-year term so she can finish some large-scale projects, like redeveloping the old Polaroid site and the Fernald Developmental Center, among others. She also noted she wants "to continue to represent the people of Waltham, not the special interests, which entails making tough decisions that do not benefit me politically, but nonetheless need to be made to protect the best interests of the City of Waltham as a whole."

McCarthy is currently serving her third term as mayor.

Thomas Stanley, a Waltham city councilor who represents the city in the state Legislature, said he also still intends to run for mayor. Stanley announced in April last year that he intended to run for the seat as McCarthy had said she would step down.

"I believe the city deserves a healthy debate about our future, so when the time comes, I will be a candidate regardless of who else is running," Stanley said by phone today. "I think Mayor McCarthy has done some good things and worked really hard, but I also believe it's time to look at doing some things differently."

Stanley also noted that McCarthy ran in 2003 on a platform that she would only pursue the mayorship for a maximum of two terms.

"She made a big deal being a two-term mayor and how she wasn’t a career politician, but then she wanted a third term, and this would be a fourth term," Stanley said. "Still, everyone has a right to run."

McCarthy announced last February her intent to end her mayoral reign, citing her parents' health as her main reason for not seeking a fourth term.

"This was a personal decision about my parents," she previously told the Globe. "My mother is ill, and I am the surviving of their children."

A few days after her announcement, McCarthy's mother, Jeannette Aline (Bourque) McCarthy died at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington. She was 81 years old.

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