Councilor Mark Ciommo of Allston-Brighton told supporters Tuesday that he will not seek reelection in the fall, making him the latest incumbent to step down from a council that’s already in the midst of a major membership shift.
Ciommo, who was elected in 2007, said in an e-mail to supporters that he came to the decision “after much reflection and discussion with my family.”
“It has been a privilege to serve Allston-Brighton, the community I love, for over 11 years,” said Ciommo, citing his three decades in public service, as a youth worker and teacher, and with a local community center and senior center. “The community has supported and embraced five generations of my family who lived, worked, raised families, and retired in Allston-Brighton.”
As the council’s chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Ciommo has helped shepherd the city’s budget through hearings and passage over the last decade.
In his letter, Ciommo recalled his arrival on the council at a time the city and nation were in a foreclosure crisis and the “worst recession since the Great Depression.” But, he noted, the city is now thriving with a solid economy and steady growth, and a consistently perfect bond rating. “As I begin this new chapter, I look forward to remaining active and exploring other ways to contribute to the community and the city that have given so much to me and my family,” he said.
His departure marks the latest change to a council that has experienced major turnover over the last several years and will continue with this fall’s municipal elections. Four of the 13 councilors are still serving their first term, and at least three have said they will leave after this term.
In addition to Ciommo, Timothy McCarthy, who represents the district that stretches from Mattapan to Hyde Park, and Josh Zakim of the Back Bay, have said they will not seek reelection. Moreover, several newcomers have announced bids for one of the council’s four at-large seats, following the departure of Ayanna Pressley, who was elected to Congress last fall. Councilor Althea Garrison filled Pressley’s seat by virtue of her place in the last election, so she will have to run for the seat again this year.
Ciommo’s 2017 opponent, Brandon Bowser, an educator, said earlier this year he would run again for the Ninth District seat — along with Lee Nave Jr., a community engagement officer for Citizens for Juvenile Justice. On Tuesday, Liz Breadon of Brighton’s Oak Square announced her campaign.