BOSTON – Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim has decided not seek reelection this year.
Zakim, 35, was first elected to the City Councilor in November of 2013. He represents the neighborhoods of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Fenway, Kenmore Square, Mission Hill, Audubon Circle, and the West End.
Last year, he ran an unsuccessful campaign to unseat Secretary of State William F. Galvin.
“Public service has always been an important part of my life and will continue to be beyond my time as a Boston City Councilor. My wife, Grace, and I recently welcomed our first child, Leo, and after long discussions with family and friends I have decided that the time is right to give someone else the incredible opportunity to represent the neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the West End, Fenway, Kenmore, and Audubon Circle on the Boston City Council,” he said in a statement.
“I am immensely proud of all that we have accomplished in three terms on the Council. As chair of the Civil Rights Committee and a past chair of the Committee on Housing and Community Development, we have positively impacted the lives of residents across the city. I am especially proud of our work writing and passing the Boston Trust Act to protect immigrants in our city, expanding access to voting, increasing protections for tenants, and adding affordable housing in our neighborhoods. With eight months left in the current term, I intend to continue this work with a particular focus on civil rights, neighborhood issues, and housing.”
Zakim, an attorney, is the son of the late civil rights leader and Anti-Defamation League Director Lenny Zakim.