Amid talk of potential challengers, Marty Walsh says he has yet to decide on whether he’ll seek a third term

"If people want to be mayor, they should be looking at it. It’s a great job."

Mayor Marty Walsh
Mayor Marty Walsh. –Evan Agostini / Invision / AP

With questions circulating over whether he’ll see political challengers from within City Hall next election, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he has yet to decide if he’ll run for a third term.

Walsh was asked about his political future Sunday amid speculation in recent weeks that City Councilor Michelle Wu and City Council President Andrea Campbell may be mulling over bids for his seat in 2021.

“If people want to be mayor, they should be looking at it. It’s a great job. You can do a lot of great stuff here,” Walsh said on WCVB’s “On The Record.” “I mean, I’m not going to begrudge anyone. I’ll make my decision when I’m ready to make my decision on whether or not to run for a third term.”


The former state representative also addressed talk that he himself could be sizing up a challenge to Sen. Ed Markey.

“I’m not running against Senator Markey. Absolutely not,” Walsh said. “He does a good job down there in Washington for us, and, you know, he’s been very helpful to the City of Boston.”

After last year’s primary upset for Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley over longtime incumbent Rep. Michael Capuano, there’s been rumors buzzing over Markey’s own vulnerability in the coming 2020 election.

While Walsh said he’s not looking to be a contender, he added that in politics, the future can be uncertain.

“Politics is a funny business,” Walsh said. “You don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m not going to rule out anything in the future.

“I have no idea what’s going to happen in the future,” he added. “You know, maybe in the future I’m not running for anything and maybe in the future I’m running for something, but … right now, there’s a lot of stuff here in Boston I’m focused on.”