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South Boston council member announces bid for re-election

South Boston Councilperson Connie Manning announced Friday she would seek re-election to another term on council, joining Mayor Carroll Thackston as those who have announced their intent to run for another term.

“I’ve decided to run for another term,” Manning said.  “I’ve enjoyed serving so far, and I look forward to the challenges ahead.

“I see this as a civic duty, and I think it’s wonderful when you have public interest in the political process,” she added.

Manning, appointed by council in December 2010 to fill the unexpired term of Councilwoman Sandra Thompson, ran unopposed for that seat in November and was elected to council in her own right.

South Boston Mayor Carroll Thackston announced his intention to run for a third term during December’s town council meeting.

Thackston has served as South Boston mayor since 2000 and served as vice-mayor for four years prior to that.

Councilman Mark Morris announced in December he would not seek re-election to a second term on council, while Councilman Morris Bryant said Sunday he would announce his decision on whether to seek re-election to a third four-year term at tonight’s council work session.

The filing deadline for candidates for South Boston Town Council is March 6.

The last day to register to vote is April 9, and the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is April 24 by mail and April 28 in person.