Philly Council president reiterates that he’s not running for mayor

 Council President Darrell Clarke gives legislative update.

Council President Darrell Clarke gives legislative update.

Despite a thinning pool of candidates for Philadelphia mayor, City Council President Darrell Clarke has said he will run for another term instead of trying for City Hall’s top job.

A hastily called news conference Thursday had some people thinking otherwise.

A day after Ken Trujillo stepped out of the race for mayor,l Clarke took to the podium in City Council chambers to say he is definitely not joining the candidates who would be mayor.

“I made the decision after long and thoughtful analysis,” he said. “I stick by the decision, I think it was the appropriate decision to make.”

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However, Councilman Jim Kenney said he is till on the fence about a mayoral run.

“Decision-making time is coming close,” said Kenney. “If it’s going to be made, it will be made relatively soon.”

Kenney’s campaign has sent out an email saying he will make his re-election bid for Council official Feb. 5.

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