Mayor Menino wins unprecedented fifth term

Article By: Jeff Fish

Mayor Thomas M. Menino won reelection yesterday for the fifth term in a row, making him the longest-serving mayor in Boston history.

Menino beat City Councilor Michael Flaherty by a margin of 57 percent to 43 percent, after a contentious campaign that originally included four candidates, before it came down to two in the primary.

Flaherty joined forces with Councilor at Large Sam Yoon who narrowly lost the primary to Flaherty, knocking him out of the general election. Flaherty had promised to make Yoon his Deputy Mayor if elected in the hopes that Yoon supporters would vote for him instead of Menino, but this did not work for Flaherty, who ran against a popular, incumbent mayor.