Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Pastor Kevin R. Johnson will not run for mayor

Bright Hope Baptist Pastor Kevin R. Johnson, who last month told the Daily News he may run for mayor, has decided against forming an exploratory committee.

Pastor Kevin R. Johnson will not run for mayor

Johnson with two of his children, Miles Hasani and Laila Rae, and wife Kimya.
Johnson with two of his children, Miles Hasani and Laila Rae, and wife Kimya.

Bright Hope Baptist Pastor Kevin R. Johnson, who last month told the Daily News he may run for mayor, has decided against forming an exploratory committee. 

Johnson last week emailed supporters with the the following statement:

"For those of you who know Kimya and me, you know that our first priority is our family and the second is the congregation at Bright Hope Baptist Church. We take the responsibility of being parents very seriously, and their development is paramount for us.

Last night, I shared with my officers that I will not explore a run for Mayor of Philadelphia in 2015.

While I will continue to serve in various capacities in our great City, at this time, my responsibilities as a father and pastor will be my focus. 

I pray God’s richest blessing upon you and your family.”

And so, the search for the "outsider" candidate continues.

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