The great Alice Hennessey has chosen to withdraw as a nominee to determine: Who is the unofficial mayor of West Roxbury?
In an email sent at 3:14 p.m. on Thurday, February 16th, Hennessey wrote:
"I am flattered to be included with such an illustrious list of candidates however paraphrasing General William Tecumseh Sherman: 'If nominated I will not run, if elected I will not serve'."
William Tecumseh Sherman was a general in the Union Army during the Civil War, and led the forces during the taking of Atlanta, which helped secure the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln.
Hennessey added, "Please remove my name from the list of candidates. West Roxbury deserves a young, vibrant, involved, intelligent, young woman as a candidate for such a demanding job."
While still digesting the news, West Roxbury District City Councilor Matt O'Malley opined, "We would not have Milliennium Park - one of my favorite places in the district without Alice Hennessey. Her love of the neighborhood, the outdoors, her commitment to social justice through her work on the West Roxbury Friends of Rosie's Place and her commitment to strengthening the West Roxbury Library has made West Roxbury one of the greatest places in the world."
Mary Mulvey Jacobson, an unofficial mayor of West Roxbury nominee herself, spoke about one of favorite people of West Roxbury. "I love Alice Hennessey. She is more than just Millennium Park. She is up to her neck with West Roxbury Friends of Rosie's Place, The Friends of the Library and the West Roxbury Historical Society. Her legacy is long and impressive."