Bernero bows out of Lansing race for mayor

Feb 27, 2017

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero has released a statement saying that he has decided not to run for a fourth term.

In the statement, Bernero cites family reasons for the decision. "I have served in public office for 25 years. Throughout this time, my family has been at my side," according to the statement. "My wife, Teri, and our daughters have helped me and always stood with me. With my 91-year-old father, Giulio, living with us, I simply cannot do justice to the city and my family, while running a 7-month campaign, though I still have a lot of competitive spirit in me. I will spend the next 10 months continuing to build our city up, rather than tear an opponent down."

Bernero's statement concludes "I have been truly blessed with phenomenal partners in the public and private sectors in metro Lansing. The successes belong to you. The mistakes and shortcomings are mine. To my friends and supporters, I ask that you show every courtesy to whoever succeeds me in this vital office. Lansing’s success is up to all of us."

Bernero's exit leaves state Rep. Andy Schor as the only declared candidate for mayor. City council at-large member Judi Brown Clarke is reportedly considering a bid for Lansing's top job.