Mayor Michael J. McGlynn today announced that he will not seek a 15th term as Medford’s Mayor. Mayor McGlynn is serving his 28th year as the Mayor, having first been sworn in on January 4, 1988. Presently, he is the longest serving Mayor in Massachusetts. Mayor McGlynn was instrumental in buildings Medford’s elementary and middle schools after purchasing 47.9 acres of land from the State of Massachusetts for $1.00. Medford was reimbursed 90% of the cost of the buildings by the Commonwealth and sold the retired schools for a profit.
His linkage program, enacted in 1988, has brought in millions of dollars from developers to provide services for Medford’s residents. He has built the city’s reserves and watched Medford’s bond rating receive two hikes in recent years. McGlynn has led efforts to cleanup brownfields in Medford and helped to transform them into educational and recreational opportunities as well as housing and job opportunities.
McGlynn also served six terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and has served as both the President of the Massachusetts Mayors Association and the Massachusetts Municipal Association.
Mayor McGlynn and his wife, Sheila, have three daughters; Mr. & Mrs. William (Kathleen) Brady, Mr. & Mrs. Aaron (Jennifer) Belanger and Amanda McGlynn, along with 4 grandchildren, Cameron & Brennan, Catherine & Helen, and another one the way. McGlynn’s father, John J. McGlynn, served as Medford’s Mayor in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
”We live in a great city with a diverse population, rich with history and I am grateful to all of Medford’s residents for the privilege to serve them. I met President-Elect John F. Kennedy on January 9, 1961, at the State House with my father, Jack McGlynn, who was then the Mayor and the State Representative, and with my Godfather/Uncle State Representative Michael Catino. That night, before bedtime, I told my father I wanted to be the Mayor of Medford. He said, ‘go to bed, we will talk about it in the morning.’ Thank you JFK, Dad and the City of Medford,” said Mayor McGlynn.