By Mike Dunn
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Philadelphia city controller Jonathan Saidel says he will stay out of this year’s mayoral race.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Searching For 13-Year-Old Leienna Cuevas Last Seen At Home In Rhawnhurst
Two weeks ago, Saidel said that local unions were trying to coax him to run, and that he was giving the idea some consideration.
But now he tells KYW Newsradio that he has decided not to enter the fray.READ MORE: CBS3 Pet Project: PSPCA's Biggest Fundraiser Of Year, Bark & Whine Gala, Going Virtual Again This Year
“There are enough people running that people can make a wise choice,” he said.
Saidel’s decision comes amid indications that city councilman Jim Kenney is close to announcing that he’ll run for mayor. Kenney would like attract that same union support.MORE NEWS: Police: Man, 2 Children Injured In Crash In Willingboro
Saidel, 63, had been expected to run for mayor back in 2007, but opted out after his longtime political ally, Democratic party chief and congressman Bob Brady, decided to run.