State Rep. Jon Santiago is joining the growing pool of candidates in the race for Boston’s next mayor.
Santiago, an ER doctor at Boston Medical Center, has been vocal on the state’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. He has pressured leaders in Massachusetts to move more quickly and tighten restrictions and weighed in on the evidence that shows the more contagious South African coronavirus variant is in Massachusetts.
He joins three City Council members running to replace Mayor Marty Walsh, a former state representative from Dorchester. Walsh was tapped by then-President-elect Biden to lead the department in January.
Councilors Annissa Essaibi George, Michelle Wu and Andrea Campbell have announced their candidacy, while Marty Martinez, the city’s health and human services chief, is also said to be considering a run for mayor.
Other potential candidates to keep an eye on include Janey; City Councilor Michael Flaherty, state Sen. Nick Collins and Boston economic development chief John Barros.
Boston City Councilor Anissa Essaibi-George has joined the group of candidates running for mayor in the city.
Santiago announced his bid in a two minute video, produced in both English and Spanish, where he talks about his experience in the Peace Corps, as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, an emergency room physician, and as a state representative.
“We are living through an unprecedented crisis, the impact of which will last far beyond today. It’s a turning point for our city, but in it I also see great possibilities,” Santiago said. “I see and hear it in the voices of my neighbors, patients, and constituents. I’ve spent my life in service to others and now I’m running for mayor to lead us through this moment and to a recovery rooted in equity and opportunity. I will bring our city back, stronger than ever.”
“Today, we set out to bring neighbors together to write the next chapter of our Boston story,” Santiago added.
Santiago was sworn in as state representative for the 9th Suffolk District in 2019. He serves as Vice Chair of the state’s Joint Committee for COVID-19 and Emergency Preparedness Management.
His video, titled “Our Boston Story,” was accompanied by the launch of his new website. The campaign is expected to announce COVID-safe online citywide organizing events.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he is getting ready to work for the American people as President-elect Joe Biden announced him as his choice for labor secretary.
Walsh has said the transition to Boston City Council President Kim Janey, who would take over as acting mayor if Walsh is confirmed by the Senate, has already begun.
The Boston City Council voted to forgo an otherwise required special election to replace Walsh if he resigns before March 5. The proposal allows Janey to remain as acting mayor through the remainder of the unexpired term.
The change needs approval from the mayor, state Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker to take effect. Baker has suggested that he would sign the petition if it reaches his desk.
A mayoral election is already scheduled for the fall.