After a morning meeting with a group of friends and advisers, longtime community organizer Bill Walczak told the Globe today that he will run for mayor of Boston.
A 40-year Boston resident and cofounder of the Codman Square Health Center, Walczak becomes the fifth major declared candidate in the race to replace 20-year Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who announced last month that he will not seek a sixth term.
“What I care deeply about is making sure that the City of Boston continues to be a great city and making sure that all parts of the city are benefiting from that,” Walczak said.
He said in a phone interview that he sees the city’s top job as the next logical step in his career of community organizing.
Walczak, 58, has spent the bulk of the last 30 years doing community work in Dorchester, where he cofounded the Codman Square Health Center in 1975. In the ensuing years, he has raised more than $70 million for the health center and used it as a source of revitalization for the neighborhood.
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