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Dorchester community activist weighing City Council At-Large run

A Dorchester community activist says he’s considering a run for one of the four City Council At-Large slots. Gene Gorman, a New Jersey native who grew up in North Carolina and moved to Savin Hill in 2005, said Saturday he will make a final decision later this month.

Several city councillors at-large, including Ayanna Pressley and Felix Arroyo, are weighing whether to run for mayor. City Councillor At-Large John Connolly jumped into the race in February, before Mayor Thomas Menino said he would not be seeking a sixth term.

“It is an opportunity for people with new perspectives,” Gorman said.

Gorman, who lives with his wife and two children in Melville Park, has been involved with Savin Hill baseball, Dorchester Youth Soccer, the Mary Brett Food Pantry and the Dorchester Historical Society. He has also been involved with the Roger Clap Innovation School.

Gorman noted that candidates for public office often talk about how to get people to stay in the city. He has faced that choice himself, he said, eventually deciding to stay and moving from Savin Hill to Melville Park in 2010.

“I know the things that went into that decision,” he said.

He recently completed a PhD in English and previously worked as a reporter, high school teacher and college instructor.

Gorman, a registered Democrat, said he is also training for a marathon in November, after the election.

Candidates for City Council At-Large must gather at least 1,500 nomination signatures from registered voters. Candidates can apply for nomination papers starting on April 17. First day candidates can pull nomination papers is April 30.