North End Restaurant Owner Announces Run For City Council

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A North End restaurant owner at the forefront in the fight over Boston Mayor Michelle Wu's outdoor dining fee has announced he is turning to politics.

Owner of Vinoteca di Monica Jorge Mendoza says he is running for the District 1 City Council seat that's up for a vote in next week's special election. Mendoza notably has voiced his disagreement with the North End Outdoor Dining fee of $7,500 that was imposed by city officials.

"I think that the city is a disaster right now, we have a lot of issues with crime that we do not need to have. We need to enforce the laws. We need more police and a bigger budget for them," Mendoza said.

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Mendoza says he is not a politician but he is considering to campaign for Boston mayor against Michelle Wu.

"I'm not with Wu, I'm with the people. I'm with my neighbors and my friends. I'm about neighborhoods," Mendoza said.

The restaurant owner faces two competitors for the position: Gabriella Coletta and Tania Del Rio, both of which are already on the ballot.

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