John Barros will launch his campaign to become Boston’s next mayor Thursday morning, becoming the fifth candidate in what’s shaping up to be a crowded race.
Barros, who placed sixth in the 2013 preliminary mayoral race that eventually ushered Marty Walsh into office, will announce his campaign at 10 a.m. at Restaurante Cesaria, the Dorchester restaurant that he operates. He joins city councilors Michelle Wu, Andrea Campbell, Annissa Essaibi George, and state Representative Jon Santiago in the race to fill the seat as Walsh prepares to become President Joe Biden’s secretary of labor.
Before serving as Boston’s first chief of economic development under Walsh, Barros served on the Boston School Committee and as the executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, a community nonprofit organization based in Roxbury. His campaign touted his work in revitalizing the neighborhood by establishing new schools, green spaces, community centers, commercial properties, and affordable housing.
The 47-year-old, whose parents hail from Cape Verde, was born and raised in Roxbury and now lives in Dorchester with his wife Tchintcia and their four children. Barros is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Tufts University, holding a bachelor’s in African and African American studies and a master’s in public policy.
State legislators and the Boston City Council passed a measure last week to skip the required special election when Walsh leaves his post for Washington, as it would be quickly followed by the regularly scheduled election in the fall. City Council President Kim Janey, who will serve as the interim mayor, is also speculated to join the race.
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