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Originally published Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM

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Boston mayor to announce he won't seek re-election

Boston's longest-serving mayor, Thomas Menino, says he does not plan to seek re-election for an unprecedented sixth term.

Associated Press

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BOSTON —

Boston's longest-serving mayor, Thomas Menino, says he does not plan to seek re-election for an unprecedented sixth term.

The popular Democratic mayor planned a formal announcement at 4 p.m. EST Thursday.

He tells the Boston Herald and WBZ-FM that it was the toughest decision he has made in his life.

Menino was hospitalized for eight weeks in the fall after a respiratory infection and a blood clot that was complicated by a spinal fracture and diabetes, but told the Herald health issues played a "small portion" in his decision.

The 70-year-old Menino promises to go "full tilt" until his last day in office.

He says he's looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren, and tells WBZ he wants to remain involved with improving city schools.

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