Flaherty says he will make decision in spring on At-Large run

Former City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty said Wednesday he will make a decision this spring about whether or not he will run again for one of the four At-Large seats on the 13-member City Council— or for any other office this year.

“I’ve spent the last couple weeks talking to residents across the city, community leaders, and labor leaders,” Flaherty said in a phone interview with the Reporter. “I make no secret of my desire to help and serve the residents of the city, while keeping all of my options open. I plan to meet with more residents over the next month.”

Flaherty, a South Boston Democrat, was spotted in Roxbury yesterday afternoon during yesterday’s special election to fill out the rest of former District 7 Councillor Chuck Turner’s term. Former gubernatorial aide Tito Jackson won the seat with 82 percent of the vote. (The Boston Phoenix’s David Bernstein tweeted Wednesday that he had heard Flaherty was out at the polls.)

Flaherty, 41, confirmed he was outside the Boys and Girls Club on Warren St., which is a polling location for two precincts in Ward 12, and Orchard Gardens School, a polling location for three precincts in Ward 8, where he joined some of his supporters in shaking hands, “just saying hello and seeing what was going on.”

Flaherty was elected to the council in 1999, serving until 2009, when he left his seat to run for mayor. Mayor Thomas Menino won a fifth term that year, winning 57 percent or 63,123 votes, to Flaherty's 43 percent, or 46,768 votes.

All four incumbents – At-Large Councillors Stephen Murphy, John Connolly, Felix Arroyo and Ayanna Pressley – are up for reelection this year, as are the district councillors.

The first day to apply for nomination papers is April 20. The last day to apply for nomination papers is May 16, according to the Boston Election Department.