BOSTON (CBS) – Boston city councilor John Connolly held a rally outside Brighton High School Tuesday morning to kick off his campaign for mayor.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

“I deeply respect Mayor Menino, I’ve worked with him and I’ve learned from him,” Connolly said at the rally. “However, this campaign is about Boston’s future and the need for new ideas, new energy and a new resolve.”

Connolly later said his focus is on repairing the city’s schools.

In a letter formally announcing his candidacy, Connolly noted his background as a teacher and his belief city schools can succeed.

“I am running because every child deserves a world-class education from the Boston Public Schools,” Connolly wrote. “In fact, Boston’s future depends on the quality of our schools. The success of our schools directly impacts our ability to build safe, healthy, and livable neighborhoods for everyone, as well as our ability to create jobs, attract talent, and retain families in Boston.”

Connolly is 39 years old and was elected to the council in 2005. He grew up in Roslindale and lives in West Roxbury.

Other potential candidates have been waiting for Mayor Tom Menino to announce whether he’ll seek a sixth term at City Hall.

The mayor has until May 13th to decide whether he’ll file for nomination papers. He has not commented on Connolly’s announcement.

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