Mission Hill City Councilor Josh Zakim is running to become the next secretary of state for Massachusetts, according to statement Zakim posted on his campaign website.
Zakim will be facing off against William Gavin, the current secretary of state.
“I am thrilled to announce today that I am a candidate for secretary of state,” the statement said. “Over the next year I look forward to meeting with you, talking with you and most importantly, listening to you, to learn how the Commonwealth can better help the hard-working people and families of Massachusetts.”
The statement went on to say his aim is to make the state more inclusive, focusing on voting rights, access to government, and protections for residents who are being left behind by businesses who value profits over people.
“My parents instilled in me a strong sense of social and economic justice,” the statement reads. “That passion for inclusiveness is in my DNA, and every single day I remember that I am a public servant. I will never forget where I came from and who I am here to serve. And I believe the secretary of state’s role is a perfect way to expand the ideals my family and I hold so dear.”
Zakim was first elected to the City Council in 2013 and won re-election for a third term by a comfortable margin last month.