Democratic Citywide Councilman Steve Stycos has two decades of experience in elected office, having spent 10 years on the School Committee before winning the council's Ward 1 seat.
Running for mayor, he says, hasn't been a longtime goal. But his finish atop the citywide field in 2018 "gave me a little nudge from the public" - particularly given his desire to continue making an impact locally despite being term-limited from the council. He faces Maria Bucci and Adam Carbone in the Sept. 8 primary.
"This is an opportunity for me to continue in city government ... I have some idea of how to get things done, and I also know that you have to be in it for the long haul," he says.
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