Rep. Paul Brodeur To Run For Mayor Of Melrose

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MELROSE, MA — Democratic State Rep. Paul Brodeur has decided to run for mayor. "I'm running, and I'm excited about it," Brodeur told the the State House News Service on Wednesday. Brodeur, who hinted he may run for mayor at the end of 2018, is the second person to officially announce their candidacy. Alderman Manisha Bewtra last week announced she is running for mayor.

Brodeur, who was was reelected for his fifth term in November, waited until after the $5.18 million override passed Tuesday to announce his intentions. He said the override result was not going to impact his decision to run.

"It didn't depend on the result of the override," he told the New Service. "That's a great result for the city regardless of who takes office when Mayor [Gail] Infurna leaves, but I'm excited to do it. I love this job but there's something that's very alluring about the ability to go home and really focus on your community and try to help out and make some positive change in Melrose."

The field is expected to grow as no incumbent will be on the ballot. Infurna, who took over for Rob Dolan when he left to become Lynnfield's town administrator last year, said she will not run for reelection.

Brodeur represents Melrose and parts of Malden and Wakefield. He told the News Service he will continue to focus on the duties of his office.