Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The City Council in session in January. (Photo: Joshua Qualls)

Three city councillors aren’t ready to announce whether they’re running for reelection – but Mayor Marc McGovern, Dennis Carlone, Craig Kelley, Sumbul Siddiqui and Quinton Zondervan all say they will seek a 2020-21 term. (Councillor Alanna Mallon declared in April, and plans a May 15 reelection kickoff.)

Asked Monday whether they would run again, neither vice mayor Jan Devereux (now in her second term) or E. Denise Simmons (on the council since 2002) were willing to give an immediate answer.

Tim Toomey, who has served on the council since 1989, was asked Wednesday whether he would run again. His answer: a jaunty but ambiguous “I love being a city councillor.” Asked what that meant, he repeated merely, “I love being a city councillor.”

He later stressed that his answer was not be taken as either a yes or no.

In the field for the November elections, there are five declared challengers and a potential two more in the wings, one of whom has filed formally with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance: Burhan Azeem, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.