Detroit City Council Pres. Charles Pugh won't run for Mayor, plans to return to broadcast journalism

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh has decided not to run for Mayor of Detroit.

In a statement released Friday, Pugh says he plans to return to his career in broadcast journalism.

He issued the following statement announcing the decision:

"There has been increasing interest in what my next steps will be after my term concludes as Detroit City Council President. In particular, people want to know whether I plan to run for Mayor.

It is with great consideration that I announce today I will not seek election for Mayor of the City of Detroit. I traded in my career as a broadcaster for public service to help bring ethical behavior, integrity, and fiscal responsibility back to the Detroit City Council.

I believe that my colleagues and I accomplished that. This City Council has consistently passed fiscally responsible budgets and proposed bold cost savings and revenue generating ideas.

We have not always had a cooperative partner in the administration, but we have remained diligent in making decisions with the best interest of the citizens in mind.

I have decided to return to my career in broadcast journalism where I can continue to make an impact in the City of Detroit and surrounding communities. I appreciate the citizens' faith in me and support and I will continue to work hard to put them first during the remainder of my term."

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