Citing the need to “put…family first,” three term Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is dropping out the 2017 mayor’s race.
In a statement on Facebook, Bernero referred to years of support he’s received from his wife and two daughters as well as responsibilities involving care of his elderly father.
91-year old Giulio Bernero lives with the mayor and his family.
Bernero says he “cannot do justice” to the city and his family during a 7-month campaign.
After office, he referred to beginning “a new chapter.”
Newly declared mayoral candidate Andy Schor issued a statement thanking the mayor for his leadership during tough times and wishing him well.
He says Bernero’s decision doesn’t change his campaign.
“I’m going to continue on with the same message that I’ve had for the last week and, you know, talk to the voters directly about what I bring to the table,” he explained.
City council member Judi Brown-Clarke has said she is considering a run.
A call to Brown-Clarke for comment was not returned.