- Associated Press - Thursday, January 12, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson has announced that he plans to run against Mayor Marty Walsh next year.

The 41-year-old Jackson made the announcement Wednesday and plans a Thursday news conference to formally announce his candidacy, which has long been speculated.

Jackson, previously a Walsh ally and backer, has served on the council since 2011, representing Roxbury and parts of the South End, Dorchester and Fenway.

Jackson says he intends to run on a platform of fiscal responsibility, investment in public education, public safety and affordable housing.

Walsh was elected in 2013, and replaced the late Tom Menino, the city’s longest-serving mayor who did not run for re-election.

Walsh said he considers Jackson a friend and welcomes anyone into the race.

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