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Ferlo drops out of mayor's race

Published by Andrew McGill on .

Well, that was quick.

State. Sen. Jim Ferlo, D-Highland Park, has dropped out of the race for Pittsburgh mayor less than a week after entering it.

From his statement:

"I am announcing to close friends, supporters, and the voting public longer a candidate considering a run for Mayor in the Spring Primary ... The unexpected announcement of Mayor Ravenstahl created a very short time table for an ambitious run and considering that my history of public service has always been based on grassroots fundraising and mobilization of people power, this would be a difficult task in just a few short weeks. Others have been running for Mayor for the last several years."


Full statement after the jump.

 March 15, 2013

I am announcing to close friends, supporters, and the voting public that I am no longer a candidate considering a run for Mayor in the Spring Primary. I want to thank the many voters who signed my nominating petitions to allow me additional time to assess my resources and support as well as a large number of supporters who contacted me at home wanting to help my campaign. Many were city residents that I did not personally know but indicated their appreciation for my years of service and strong identification with the issues and advocacy I have advanced for the past 25 years in office.

The unexpected announcement of Mayor Ravenstahl created a very short time table for an ambitious run and considering that my history of public service has always been based on grassroots fundraising and mobilization of people power, this would be a difficult task in just a few short weeks. Others have been running for Mayor for the last several years.

I am in the middle of my four-year Senate term representing a three county area, serve actively on the Port of Pittsburgh Commission, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Pittsburgh Green Innovators and have the privilege of remaining on the Board of the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority for a term ending December 2, 2017.

I have been trusted to play a leadership and progressive role among Senate Democrats and much of my time and energy, in addition to constituent services, is spent advancing the expansion of Medicaid to provide coverage to half million Pennsylvanians lacking health insurance, my modernization legislation of the liquor and beer sales system, and moving a Transportation and Transit bill to sustain jobs, services and promote the re-building of our crumbling infrastructure.

I have no doubt that the voting public will discern those remaining candidates that are deserving of their trust and support and separate out boastful and baseless candidacies. I will be joining the voting public before the May Primary in working for the candidate who possesses the competency, commitment, and compassion I believe I would have brought to the Mayor’s office and, more importantly, is needed to keep building a growing, sustainable and vibrant Pittsburgh.”

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