Pepperd says he won’t run

By The Mercury

Mayor Loren Pepperd said Thursday that he has decided not to seek a second term on the City Commission.

Pepperd, who was elected to a four-year term in 2009, cited the demands of his real estate business measured against the time required to serve on the Commission as the basis for his decision.

“The last two years, I’ve almost given up my business,” said Pepperd, one of three commissioners whose terms expire in April. Noting the time commitments of commission meetings, other ceremonial events, lobbying, policy sessions and related meetings, he said little opportunity had been left to pursue his real estate profession. “I work on a commission,” Pepperd noted; I need to get back to my real life.”

His announcement means that the name of only one incumbent – Rich Jankovich – will be on the April ballot. Jankovich was elected to a two-year term in 2011. Commissioner Jim Sherow has also decided to step down.

It also continues a recent trend of commissioners deciding not to seek re-election. In 2011, all three commissioners with expiring terms – Bruce Snead, Jayme Morris-Hardeman and Bob Strawn – opted not to run, although Strawn decided Wednesday to get into the 2013 race.

The names of Jankovich and Strawn are among seven at present who have declared for the race. The others are former county and city commissioner Karen McCulloh, former school board member Deb Nuss, John Ball, Usha Reddi and Daniel Hogan.

The filing deadline is noon on Tuesday.

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