HAVERHILL — James Fiorentini said he will seek another term as mayor and will make his run official at an event downtown Monday night.
Fiorentini said he will announce his candidacy at a campaign kickoff and fundraiser in the heart of the downtown restaurant district that he has worked to develop since the early 2000s.
The announcement will be at an event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Tap restaurant, 100 Washington St.
Fiorentini has been Haverhill's mayor for a record eight two-year terms.
He said he is looking forward to the campaign as an opportunity to highlight his accomplishments, but more importantly to lay out his vision for the city's future.
"It has been my greatest honor to have been the mayor of Haverhill over the past 15 years,'' he said in a prepared statement. "I grew up here, I went to school here and I love this city.
"Working together, we had tremendous progress in the past 15 years,'' he said. "We remade our downtown, going from abandoned shoe factories to a new downtown with over $200 million in new investment. We've built new schools and renovated others. We've gone from having the largest municipal deficit in the history of Massachusetts to the largest surplus in our history. None of this happened by accident. It happened because we exercised strict fiscal discipline and stuck to our plan to turn Haverhill around."
Fiorentini is working on a new zoning Master Plan that will chart the city's course for the next 10 to 15 years. He said his plans for the future include a $112 million investment in improving the city's infrastructure.
The city's preliminary election will be in September. The final election is in November.
Three other people have taken out nomination papers for mayor. None of them has held elected office in Haverhill. They are: Hector Montalvo, 170 Washington St.; Melanie Tamberino, 7 Mt. Dustin Ave.; and Daniel Trocki, 5 Burke St.