By Julie Montanaro
Tallahassee's mayor announces he will not run for re-election.
John Marks made the announcement at city hall this morning and says he is not ready to endorse anyone to take his place.
John Marks and his wife Jane walked down the steps at city hall to announce this term as Mayor of Tallahassee would be his last.
"I'm officially announcing I will not seek re-election for a fourth term as mayor of the City of Tallahassee. And I want to thank all of you. I want to thank all of you who live in our city, and for the honor you have bestowed upon me and my family," Marks said.
Marks first took office in 2003. He pointed to a long list of accomplishments... developments like Gaines Street and Cascades Park as wells as a top rated utility, park system and pension fund.
He said ethics charges - of which he was ultimately cleared - did not play a role in his decision to return the private sector.
"No, none whatsoever," Marks said. "This is about the city of Tallahassee."
"I think now is the time for us to look forward to future and maybe maybe what I can do for the City of Tallahassee I can do at another capacity," Marks said.
Marks says he is not ready to endorse anyone for Mayor yet.
"It's far too early for us to make that decision," Marks said. "but when the time comes I'll take a close look at those who are running and those who are in the race and make a decision."
The only one who has "filed" to run for mayor is fellow Commissioner Andrew Gillum.
Gillum congratulated Marks on his years of service but says it does not change his game plan for the race.
"The race has always been about you know, the people of Tallahassee, regardless of who the individuals involved are," Gillum said.
Marks says in his final year he will focus on delivering services more efficiently and strategic planning to address a population expected to top 200-thousand.
"We've done a lot over the past 10 years, the City of Tallahassee has grown. We've done some very positive things," Marks said.
Marks says once he leaves office he intends to work on home rule initiatives and start a non-profit to make sure underserved have access to technology.
Office of the Mayor
Tallahassee, FL – Mayor John Marks of Tallahassee announced on Tuesday that he will not seek a fourth term as mayor of Florida’s capital city.
“Today, I am officially announcing I will not be seeking reelection as mayor of Tallahassee,” said Marks. “I want to thank the good people who live in our city for the privilege you have bestowed on me and my family by allowing me to serve you these past ten years– it has truly been an honor.”
First elected in 2003, Mayor Marks has led the City of Tallahassee through a decade-long era marked by technological innovation, economic growth and recovery, and significant improvements to the overall quality of life for residents. During his tenure, Marks has helped leverage millions of dollars of state and federal resources for Tallahassee, served as the President of both the Florida League of Cities and the Florida League of Mayors, and is currently a Trustee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Additionally, due in large part for his work in implementing Tallahassee’s first-of-its-kind Smart Grid system, Marks has been asked to speak at numerous state, national, and international conferences to help guide other cities.
“I’m tremendously proud of all that we have accomplished, and will accomplish, during my time as Mayor,” said Marks. “The greatest reward a public servant can ask for is the knowledge that in the end the hard work, the long hours, and the personal sacrifices have made a difference.”
Under the leadership of Mayor Marks, the City of Tallahassee has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. Notable examples include, Tallahassee being named the Most Livable City in America by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Florida’s first Gold Certified Green City by the Florida Green Building Coalition, and Tallahassee Utilities being named the #1 Public Electric Utility in the nation by the American Public Power Association.
Mayor Marks also addressed his plans from now until his term expires in November of 2014.
“There is so much more to do,” said Marks. “I will continue to advocate for those programs which make our city unique, I will be tireless in exploring new ways to grow our local economy and provide jobs to our citizens, and I will do all that I can to ensure that Tallahassee remains the absolute best city in the nation.”