QUINCY (WGEM) -- Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore announced Thursday that he would not run for reelection as Quincy Mayor.
Moore made the announcement in video posted to his Facebook.
Moore said during his first campaign he made a commitment to serve two terms as mayor.
"Throughout these difficult times, I've struggled with the complexities of keeping that commitment verse serving my community during its time of need," Moore said. "Elections can be bitter affairs, they can tear communities apart and create wounds that never heal. But elections can also be unifying. They can be about the future, about the hopes and dreams, and how to achieve them."
Moore added that if he were to run again, too many people would make the election about him and not about building a better Quincy.
"I've run as an incumbent before, and should my name be on the ballot in 2021, too many people will make the election about their personal feeling for me and not about the solutions we need to build a better Quincy. Which is why I will not be a candidate for Mayor in the April Mayoral Election," Moore said.
Moore added that over the next several months he was going to work every day concentrating on four priorities:
- Continuing to deliver city services that are efficient, effective, and affordable.
- Working with the city council to adopt a budget that is balanced and continues investments in public safety and infrastructure.
- Continuing to implement the strategies of the Quincy Next Strategic Plan.
- Offer a transition plan so the next mayor can be prepared to do the job on day one.
Moore also thanked his family and friends, the women and men who dedicate their lives to serve the city of Quincy, and the citizens of Quincy.
"Lastly I want to thank the citizens of Quincy for giving me the honor of serving you," Moore said. "It is a debt that I'm not sure I could ever repay. I will be forever grateful that you have given me the ability to play a small role in the amazing story that is the city of Quincy."
Moore, a Republican, was first elected in 2013.
Prior to being elected mayor, Moore had been a 3rd Ward alderman since 2009.