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Mayor Thomas M. Menino is serving his fourth term as Mayor of the City of Boston. The first Italian-American Mayor of Boston, he was elected first on November 2, 1993, was re-elected to a second term without opposition in 1997 and won a third term in a landslide victory in November 2001. In November of 2005, he was elected to an historic fourth term with 68 percent of the vote. He had previously served four months as Acting Mayor and nine years as a District City Councilor from Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood. The Mayor’s reputation for getting the job done has earned him a high approval rating among Boston residents. Mayor Menino served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors, where he championed homeland security and housing availability. He has been an advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1989. Among his priorities: providing every child with a quality education, creating affordable housing, lowering the crime rate, revitalizing Boston's neighborhoods and promoting a healthy lifestyle for all city residents. He has championed business revitalization with the Main Streets program and ensured the preservation of jobs with his Back Streets program.

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