Thursday, March 5, 2015

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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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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