Roughly a month after news broke that he would be running for re-election, Setti Warren officially launched his campaign for a second term as mayor of Newton Monday night.
The campaign kick-off was held at the home of Chestnut Hill residents Rick and Jan Lipof. Newton aldermen, School Committee members and state officials packed the house.
A number of Democratic politicians spoke during the event and offered support for Warren, including Gov. Deval Patrick, former Gov. Michael Dukakis and State Treasurer Steve Grossman.
Despite the optimistic tone inside, a number of protesters lined the street outside the event to show support for Newton Police Chief Matthew Cummings.
Warren placed Cummings on administrative leave last month and is in the process of removing him from the department. The removal came after an investigation found "sufficient" evidence that Cummings verbally harassed and kicked his former secretary.