Former Largo mayor not running again
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LARGO -- Former Largo Mayor Bob Jackson, who had been considering a political comeback, has decided not to run for mayor after all.
"Everybody keeps asking me about it," said Jackson, 80. "But my health is more important, I think."
Jackson, a retired school principal, was Largo's mayor for two terms and was on Largo's City Commission for three decades. He ran for reelection in 2006 but was defeated by Largo's current mayor, Pat Gerard.
Gerard will be stepping down as mayor this year to run for a Pinellas County Commission seat, opening up the office of mayor in this November's city election.
Vice Mayor Woody Brown, a 43-year-old chiropractor who has been a city commissioner since 2007, is running for mayor. He's currently the only declared candidate for the office.
For his part, Jackson has plenty of criticism for the current city commissioners, but he has ruled out runnning again.
"I wish they'd build more sidewalks," Jackson said. "I think it's a safety issue."
The qualifying period for candidates will likely be in August, and the nonpartisian election is Nov. 4.