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Boston City Councilor Won't Run For 4th District Seat

Mike Ross calls running 'not the best decision for me at this time.'

Boston City Councilor Mike Ross has announced he won't for the 4th Congressional District seat held by , D-Newton, who is not pursuing re-election.

The decision comes after establishing a committee in December to explore the possibility. Ross lives in Newton, which was added to the district in November.

"I know that my 12 years of experience in elected office have equipped me with the skills needed to make a difference in Washington," Ross said in a statement.

"In Boston I created jobs and opportunities that improved the lives of the families and communities I’ve served. I believe that the accountability that is the cornerstone of local government is sorely missing at the federal level. Our country has begun to fall behind in multiple measures: American public education which once led the world, has fallen somewhere in the middle of the pack; our ability to train our people to compete for the jobs of tomorrow is slipping; and at this moment in our country the American dream is less achievable than it was just decades ago. And Congress, instead of tackling these real problems, is dysfunctional and broken.

"With these challenges facing our country in mind and after long personal deliberation, I have come to the difficult decision that a run for this congressional seat is not the best decision for me at this time. I am humbled by the significant outpouring of support that I have received from residents of the district and beyond and I am committed to working together with everyone to ensure that we elect a Democrat who will fight for working families and represent our progressive values."

The announced field includes several candidates. Norfolk resident will square off against Elizabeth Childs of Brookline in the Republican primary. Democratic contenders include Brookline resident Jules Levine, , Attleboro resident Paul Heroux and Newton resident Herb Robinson.

Joseph Kennedy III made headlines earlier this month when he resigned from his post as the Middlesex County assistant district attorney to explore running for the seat.

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