PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – For the second time in less than a week, an incumbent City Councilman has announced he won’t seek re-election.
Republican at-large Councilman Jack Kelly will not return after his term expires next January, according to his Chief of Staff, John Cerrone.
“Both the Councilman and his wife are in good health, and he wants to spend more time with his wife and more time with his family,” said Cerrone.
Kelly, who is 72, was best known as an advocate for animal rights, and for proposing legislation to ban foie gras in Philadelphia restaurants. Council never acted on that proposal.
Kelly served two terms as at-large councilman and was a district councilman for a single term back in the late 80s. Two at-large seats are reserved for the GOP; the other is held by Frank Rizzo, who will seek re-election.
At least ten other Republicans have said they will run for, or are considering running for, Kelly’s at-large seat.
Last week Democrat Donna Miller of the eighth district announced her retirement, and Joan Krajewski of the sixth district is also not returning.
Council President Anna Verna is said to be still undecided about whether to seek re-election. All other incumbents are expected to run again.
Reported by City Hall Bureau Chief Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio