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Police commissioner latest to mull mayoral run

Yawu Miller
Yawu Miller
Yawu Miller is the Banner’s senior editor. VIEW BIO
Police commissioner latest to mull mayoral run
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Boston Police Superintendent Willie Gross is the latest public figure mulling a run for mayor, according to a report that aired on WBZ Radio Sunday.

City councilors Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell announced bids to run for the seat last year, before outgoing Mayor Martin Walsh was tapped to serve as Labor secretary in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Others considering a run include Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins, at-large City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George and state Rep. Jon Santiago.

When Walsh departs, District 7 City Councilor Kim Janey will be appointed acting mayor, under the city’s charter. If Walsh leaves office before March, his departure may trigger a special election within as soon as 120 days.

City Councilor Ricardo Arroyo on Friday introduced a home rule petition that would waive a special election for mayor this year. Were a special called, the city could see as many as four mayors seated in the coming 12 months: Walsh, Janey, the victor in a special election and the victor in the November election.

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