“Over the past few months, I have given running for mayor serious consideration, but at this time, my family, my young family, has to come first,” he said. “Not being involved in the day-to-day decision-making and operation of my family business would not be economically responsible.”
Guanci also had high praise for Scanlon, saying he has left a “truly amazing mark on our city.”
“Those of us who have been supportive of the mayor throughout his tenure took it for granted that he would always be around to continue with all of the tremendous projects he has spearheaded,” Guanci said. “But I can definitely understand him not wanting to deal with the stresses and rigors of another campaign.”
Former City Council President Tim Flaherty, who finished third in the preliminary race two years ago, announced last month that he would not run this year. He was recently hired as director of the Cape Ann YMCA in Gloucester.
The fourth candidate in last year’s election, U.S. Army veteran Euplio Marciano, has taken out nomination papers to run again.
Scanlon said he gave “considerable thought” to running again in order to push through two key projects, the construction of a new middle school and the Brimbal Avenue interchange project.
He said he expects the school to be built in time for a 2017 opening and that he will offer his services on a volunteer basis to help complete the Brimbal Avenue project, which he said could lead to the creation of 7,500 jobs by opening up land to development.
Scanlon said he felt confident that he could win re-election but acknowledged that he has “never relished the campaign process.” He said his wife, Louise, was “very open-minded” about whether or not he should run.
Scanlon said he has “a bunch of things I want to do” in retirement, including reading and “working with my hands.” He would also like to stay involved in policy-making, although he did not specify in what respect.