‘It was an honor’: Longtime Boston City Councilor says he will not seek re-election in November

BOSTON — At-large City Councilor Michael Flaherty of South Boston announced on Wednesday this will be his last term on the council and will not seek re-election in November.

Michael Flaherty, who will have completed 20 years as an at-large councilor, said it is “now time to turn the page and move on to the next chapter of my life.”

Flaherty announced on Twitter that he came to the decision after months of self-reflection and discussion with his family.

“I believe I have served the city of Boston and its residents faithfully and effectively during my tenure,” said Flaherty.

Flaherty did not say what he might be doing next, except it will not involve running for another public and that he remains committed to the causes important to him and the Boston residents.

“I will continue to fight in my own way, in a new way, to help keep Boston the best major city in America in which to live, work, and raise a family.”

Flaherty also challenged Mayor Menino in the race for Boston Mayor in 2009, before continuing his career as an at-large councilor.

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