Boston City Councilor-At-Large Sam Yoon joined the race for mayor Sunday afternoon.’ Yoon told the Boston Phoenix Sunday he was running, but he will make the official announcement in the next few weeks.
‘This weekend, my wife, Tina, and I spoke about what a run for mayor would mean for our family,’ Yoon said in a Feb. 8 Boston Globe article. ‘We reached a decision. We prayed about it, and I am going to get into the mayoral race.’
According to the same article, Yoon called City Councilor Michael Flaherty, who he joins in the mayoral race, and current Mayor Thomas Menino to inform them of his decision to run Sunday afternoon. Yoon also joins Kevin McCrea in the mayoral race.
Yoon spokesman Jordan Newman told the Daily Free Press last week that Yoon would be sitting with his family over the weekend to discuss a mayoral bid.
McCrea, who declared on the Internet Jan. 22 that he will run for mayor, said his competitor’s public declaration did not come as a shock to him.
‘This isn’t a surprise,’ McCrea said. ‘I’ve known for weeks.’
McCrea said he thinks Yoon’s announcement adds attention to the upcoming election.
‘It’ll make for a vigorous race that will help move the city forward,’ he said.
Yoon, who was born in Korea, was the first Asian-American elected to public office in Boston and would be the city’s first non-Caucasian chief executive if elected.