NEW PORT RICHEY – City Council member Bob Langford has changed his mind and decided to run for re-election afterall.
Langford, 70, told the Times last month he was opting not to run this year, saying he wanted to get back to his business and volunteer pursuits while allowing some new people to seek office. But on Thursday he said he'd had a change of heart, noting the city is rebounding financially and he wants to help keep the momentum going.
"I was concerned about someone new coming in who has to spend the whole first year of their term learning the job," he said.
There will be two council seats up for grabs in the April 9 election. Deputy Mayor Rob Marlowe is not seeking reelection. In addition to Langford, the other candidates who have filed to run are Michael Malterer, Ginny Miller, Rose Mohr and Jeffrey Starkey. Qualifying ends at noon Tuesday.