IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM COUNCILOR JOSH ZAKIM

After a great deal of consideration, I have decided not to seek election to a fourth term on the Boston City Council this November.

Representing the residents of District 8 for the last five-plus years has been an honor and a privilege, and the highlight of my career. 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.

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.

Thank you for your trust, support, and friendship. You have been a vital ally in this endeavor. It has been a true pleasure to work with you, with Mayor Walsh, and my City Council colleagues, past and present. Whatever my next role is, I look forward to continuing to serve the public good in Boston, Massachusetts, and beyond.