Gahanna Mayor Tom Kneeland has announced that he won’t seek re-election after all.

After meeting the Feb. 6 filing deadline to run for re-election in the May primary, the 66-year-old incumbent decided he won’t seek a second term.

“Over the past week, I have given a lot of thought to my decision to seek re-election as mayor of Gahanna,” Kneeland said. “After many hours of serious consideration, I have decided to not run for a second term but to retire next year so that I can spend quality time with my family and friends and look at the city through a different lens.”

As mayor, Kneeland said, he’s pleased, humbled and overwhelmed at the progress the city has made over the past few years to make Gahanna a great place.

“For the past 25 years, I have proudly served the citizens of Gahanna, from my leadership roles on City Council to my position as mayor these last four years,” he said. “I sincerely appreciate the support I have received from our residents and business community.”

Although Gahanna has faced some serious challenges, Kneeland said, he’s optimistic about the city’s future.

“Over the next several months, I look forward to continuing to work with our residents, businesses and community partners to make progress on our 2019 goals and plan for our future to help move our city forward and build on our successes,” he said.

Three other candidates who filed for the Gahanna mayor’s race by the 4 p.m. deadline Wednesday, Feb. 6, are Laurie Jadwin, 1222 Pond Hollow Lane; Ryan Jolley, 225 W. Johnstown Road; and Stephen Renner, 740 Quaker Ridge Court, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections, which must certify petitions by Feb. 19.

The top two vote-getters will face off in the November election.

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