Mayor Baskett: I won’t seek another term

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 13, 2015
Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett. File photo.

Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett. File photo.

This story has been updated. 

Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett has released the following statement about the upcoming city elections.

I do not plan to seek reelection. I have had the great honor of serving on the City Commission since 1996. It is time to pursue other opportunities and make room for those who are eager to serve.

I am extremely grateful for all the support I’ve enjoyed from the voters, my colleagues on the Commission and our city staff. I love this city and will always be proud to say that I live in Decatur, Ga.

Jim Baskett

Mayor, City of Decatur

Decatur’s mayor is elected in a way that’s different than other cities. The mayor is selected by fellow commissioners, and is not elected at large by residents. Other commissioners coming up for re-election this year are Mayor Pro Tem Kecia Cunningham and Commissioner Scott Drake.

Drake has confirmed to Decaturish that he will be seeking re-election to his District 1 seat.

Cunningham has made no official announcements.

Qualifying for candidates begins Aug. 31 and ends Sept. 2. The election will be Nov. 3.

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