Boston city councilor Timothy McCarthy says he won’t seek re-election

Boston City Councilor Timothy P. McCarthy says he won’t seek a fourth term.
Boston City Councilor Timothy P. McCarthy says he won’t seek a fourth term.(Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff/File)

Timothy P. McCarthy, the Boston city councilor for District 5, announced Thursday night he will not seek re-election this year.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page, McCarthy, a Hyde Park Democrat, said, “After a great deal of reflection and discussion with my family over Christmas break, I feel that it is time for me to make a change, and to move on to my next adventure, whatever that might be. Therefore, I will not be seeking reelection in 2019. It has been an honor to serve as your City Councilor.”

McCarthy was first elected to represent the district, which includes Hyde Park and parts of Mattapan and Roslindale, in 2013, when he defeated Jean-Claude Sanon. He won a rematch with Sanon, and another term on the council, in 2015. He ran unopposed in 2017.


McCarthy indicated he will continue to serve throughout the remainder of his term.

In his Facebook post, McCarthy said the past year “was one of great change for my family.” His wife, Maureen, who was a school teacher, made the transition from the classroom back into the private sector, he said. His son Dolan joined the US Army, and his son Garrett graduated from Catholic Memorial School and is currently studying at Stonehill College, where he is also playing football.

“We supported one another through these exciting decisions, and as a family, have embraced these changes,” said McCarthy in the post.

He also said he has “begun to look inward, and reflect on my experiences and where I am in my own career.”

“Being a member of the Boston City Council has been an incredible adventure and it has been a pleasure to serve the people of Boston,” he said.

Milton J. Valencia of Globe staff contributed to this report. Danny McDonald can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.