Boston City Councilor Charles Yancey—who has been noncommittal about whether he will run for re-election, for mayor, or for both—today became the seventh mayoral candidate to be certified by the city election department.
About two dozen people expressed interest in running for the city’s top job when Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced in March that he will not seek re-election. Of those, 16 turned in signatures of support from registered voters.
Yancey joins fellow councilors Felix Arroyo, John Connolly, and Rob Consalvo, as well as State Representative Martin J. Walsh, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, and community organizer John F. Barros on the slate of mayoral candidates on the ballot.
Yancey has served on the council for 30 years and has not officially launched a mayoral campaign, but has made plans to appear in at least one upcoming mayoral forum.
Reached by phone this evening, Yancey said a team of more than 100 volunteers amassed more than 8,000 signatures for his mayoral run, so he was not surprised to have hit the 3,000 certified signature threshold.
“I’m just humbled by the response of folks out here,” Yancey said. “I don’t walk into this campaign with $1 million in the bank like one of my opponents or the backing of big labor. These are grassroots people who worked very hard for me.”
While he said he is still going to hold out before making an official announcement of candidacy, Yancey said, for now, he intends to remain on the mayoral ballot.
“People can accuse me of many things, but being unclear should not be one of those things.” Yancey said. “I’m not being coy; I just haven’t made the official announcement yet.”
He was previously certified to appear on the ballot for re-election to his District Four council seat, which represents parts of Mattapan and Dorchester. Seven other candidates pulled papers to run for the seat; however, none of the others has been certified for the ballot.
Seizing on a little-known provision in city election law, Yancey could run for both mayor and City Council, but could not serve in both capacities if he won the elections.
No one in recent history has campaigned for both council and mayor simultaneously.