Boston City Councilman Tito Jackson, who has made a name for himself championing underrepresented communities, announced Thursday that he is running for mayor.
The lifelong Grove Hill resident revealed his intentions to run in a campaign ad on YouTube posted on Wednesday. He formally announced his candidacy at Haley House Bakery Cafe in Roxbury.
A three-time Democratic city councilman, Jackson has worked on helping lower-income residents by focusing on housing and education issues, and creating economic opportunity.
If elected in November, Jackson would be Boston's first black mayor.
“I want to become the 55th mayor of the city of Boston to ensure that the city on the hill that has been welcoming and open to so many families … remains the city for middle- and working-class people,’’ Jackson told the Boston Globe. “We are a city that has lost our way.”