Michael F. Flaherty
(born 1969) is a former at-large member of the Boston City Council
. He is a member of the United States Democratic Party
. He was City Council President from 2002 to 2006 and was succeeded by Maureen Feeney
Flaherty is from South Boston
. His father, Michael F. Flaherty, Sr.
, is a former associate justice on the Boston, Massachusetts
Municipal Court and a former state representative. He is a graduate of Boston College High School
and Boston College
, and earned his law degree at Boston University
. Prior to being elected to the Council in 1999, he was an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County
District Attorney's Office.
He was re-elected in 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007. He was the top vote-getter in the city council at-large race in 2003, 2005, and 2007. His margin of victory in 2005 over first runner-up City Councilor Felix D. Arroyo
was 5,671 votes, the widest margin since the Council was restructured in 1983.
Boston Mayoral Campaign
Flaherty announced on January 26, 2009 that he is running for mayor of Boston. According to the Boston Globe only 9% of Flaherty's contributions have come from out-of-state (compared to his opponent Sam Yoon
Flaherty was defeated by incumbent Thomas Menino
in the election
on November 3, 2009.