When I met with Ken Trujillo last week in a conference room at his Center City law firm, the mayoral candidate enthusiastically predicted victory in May’s primary and November’s general election.
On Wednesday, however, he announced he was dropping out of the race due to family reasons.
Here is the formal announcement from the Trujillo campaign…
“It is with great regret that I announce today I will no longer pursue the office of Mayor of Philadelphia.
“My wife, daughter and I are greatly saddened by this decision, but there are family matters that require my full attention.
“I am announcing this now because I believe strongly that we must leave the door open for another candidate to enter this race.
“Philadelphia needs someone who has the skills and values to put Philadelphia first, and I very much hope voters will have such an option. I am grateful for the extraordinary support I’ve received, and it is my sincerest regret that I will not be able to pursue this campaign to the end.”
NewsWorks will have more on the effects Trujillo’s exit will have on the race later.
Meanwhile, Al Dia is reporting that Nelson Diaz is exiting the race less than a week after announcing his candidacy, but deleted its Tweet about it shortly thereafter. So, there’s that.