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Peabody Mayor Michael Bonfanti chose a small conference room at the Lahey Clinic to announce this morning that he will indeed be a candidate for re-election in the fall.
It was a low-key affair attended by about 20 staffers and supporters. He said the unusual location of the event was meant to highlight the city’s growing reputation as a medical hub with the Lahey expansion and plans by Boston Children’s Hospital to open a new location at Centennial Park in 2011.
The veteran chief executive, now 65 years old, said he’s running because “these are tough times … and I’m the person who can make those (tough) decisions.”
Bonfanti momentarily choked up while introducing his wife, Dottie, and thanking his family for its support through the years, then

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launched into a speech outlining his administration’s accomplishments and challenges. (Among the latter: The flooding in downtown Peabody, fiscal tough times, and disappointing MCAS and SAT scores in the city’s schools.)
The mayor appears to have weathered the storm created by his ill-advised decision to give the city’s police officers 9/11 as a paid holiday. But he’ll have to wait until August to find out whether he will have an opponent.

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