Tito Jackson’s mayoral campaign announcement video paints a picture of two Bostons

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson is running for mayor.

The long-speculated announcement, which broke Wednesday evening, gives Boston Mayor Marty Walsh his first 2017 opponent as the Democrat seeks re-election. Jackson, a Democrat, is seen as a progressive challenger to Walsh from the left.

“My district is from Back Bay to Roxbury, and there’s a 33-year difference in life expectancy in two miles,” the 41-year-old councilor says in his two-minute announcement video, which reportedly cost $15,000 to produce.

“Fifty percent of families in Boston make $35,000 a year, 50 percent of the people,” he said. “And there are neighborhoods that are experiencing huge upticks in violence. We’re allowing people in our country to dismantle what our country is about.”

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Jackson says he’s running for mayor to increase opportunity and government integrity, the latter priority a seemingly veiled shot at the Walsh administration’s recent alleged scandals.

According to The Boston Globe, the Roxbury councillor faces a 55-1 fundraising disadvantage to Walsh.

Boston will hold elections for mayor and city council later this fall.

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