PHILADELPHIA Ten days after inviting supporters to the start of his 2015 Philadelphia mayoral race, Tom Knox announced Friday that he had decided not to run after all.
"Leading this great city as mayor has been a lifelong ambition, but it's simply not to be," he said in a statement distributed to reporters. "I put my family through one arduous mayoral campaign. I can't put them through another."
He said he decided after "much soul-searching and many difficult conversations with my wife, children and trusted advisers."
Knox, 72, spent nearly $10.6 million of his fortune on his 2007 mayoral run, finishing second in a five-way Democratic primary, 35,000 votes behind Michael Nutter, but being a close contender until the last two weeks of the campaign.