On the second floor of City Hall today, in front of Richard Haas’s 1983 portrait of the city’s architectural achievements, 50th Ward alderman Bernard Stone approached a podium to the applause from a crowd mostly made up of German middle and high school students, in town from Hamburg as part of a sister cities program. His purpose was to announce that he’ll seek an 11th term in the City Council.

But first he wanted to talk about his age.