WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo appeared live on WECT News at 5 to say he won't run for North Carolina State Senate next year.
Saffo has acknowledged he had considered running as a Democratic candidate for New Hanover County's senate seat. His last public statement on the issue was that he would make up his mind sometime between Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Saffo said he gave it thought, but decided that he made a commitment to the citizens of Wilmington, who re-elected him as mayor in November. He also said the time away in Raleigh would put more of a strain on the family business.
"I want to fulfill my obligations to this community," Mayor Bill Saffo said. "Whoever runs for the Senate seat, I just want them to do anything they can for this community."
The seat is being vacated by Julia Boseman, who announced live on WECT News in November that she wouldn't run for re-election in 2010. Mayor Saffo says he has not spoken with Senator Boseman about his final decision, but did consult with her over the holidays.
"I've had a good working relationship with her and whoever becomes our state senator I want to have a good working relationship with," Saffo said.
Boseman opts out of run for re-election
That announcement has attracted the attention of politicians from both parties. Republican attorneys Thom Goolsby and Michael Lee have already announced their intent to run.
So far, no Democrat has officially announced an intent to run, although Former UNCW chancellor Jim Leutze said he is considering it. Leutze said he would run if Saffo chose not to throw his hat in the ring.