Utica Councilman Joe Marino has entered the 2019 Utica Mayoral race.

Marino announced his candidacy on Wednesday, surrounded by his family members.

He says Utica needs a Mayor who will work with everyone to make smart choices for the City, protect the Utica and Uticans of today, while encouraging the Utica of tomorrow.

Mayor Robert Palmiei has not said yet if he'll seek another term in office.