BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has a challenger this fall. City Councilor Tito Jackson has ended months of speculation, confirming he will run for mayor and challenge his fellow Democrat and one-time ally.

Jackson will make the official announcement on Thursday afternoon at the Haley House in Roxbury.

Jackson is a lifelong resident of Roxbury and has been on the City Council since 2011. He currently represents Roxbury and parts of the South End, Dorchester and Fenway neighborhoods.

Mayor Walsh told WBZ-TV he welcomes the competition. “Anyone who thinks they should be mayor, they should run,” Walsh said. “It’s a great job, it’s a great opportunity to move agendas forward and I’m proud of the work we’ve done.”


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