Raleigh councilman won't run in fall election
Posted July 13, 2009 9:47 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2009 1:07 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — City Councilman Philip Isley, widely considered a potential challenger to Mayor Charles Meeker, said Monday he won't run for any office this fall.
“After a great deal of thoughtful consideration and conversations with my friends and my family, I have decided not to run for any seat on the Raleigh City Council," Isley said in a statement. "It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the Raleigh City Council and represent the wonderful people in District E for the past eight years. However, at this point in my life, it is only fair to my family and my law practice to take a hiatus from elected office and focus on the important areas in my life."
Isley has been among the most conservative voices on the non-partisan council and frequently opposed initiatives backed by Meeker and other council members.
"In my eight years on (the) council, I believe I instilled a common sense and practical approach to ensuring that Raleigh remains a great place to live, work and play while keeping our taxes low," he said.
"This is merely a sabbatical from politics, and I will more than likely run for elected office again in the future. The council has my full support and I will be available should I be needed at some point,” he said.