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.”
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.