Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Tom Knox ends campaign for mayor before it starts

Tom Knox, the Center City millionaire who finished second in the 2007 Democratic primary election for mayor, has ended his 2015 run for mayor before it ever started.

Tom Knox ends campaign for mayor before it starts

Insurance-industry veteran Tom Knox, who is considering a run for mayor in 2015, has proposed creating walk-in health clinics at each of the city’s public and charter schools. Photo is hand out.
Insurance-industry veteran Tom Knox, who is considering a run for mayor in 2015, has proposed creating walk-in health clinics at each of the city’s public and charter schools. Photo is hand out.

Tom Knox, the Center City millionaire who finished second in the 2007 Democratic primary election for mayor, has ended his 2015 run for mayor before it ever started.

Knox, who was scheduled to hold a City Hall campaign kick-off event Wednesday afternoon followed by a fund-raiser at his 46th floor condo at Two Liberty Place, today announced that he is dropping those plans.

Knox, who ran briefly for governor in 2010 and toyed with the idea of running for mayor again in 2011, said he can't put his family through another "arduous mayoral campaign."

Here is his statement, just emailed to reporters:

"After much soul-searching and many difficult conversations with my wife, children and trusted advisers, I am today announcing the end of my planned 2015 mayoral campaign. I did not reach this decision easily. I love Philadelphia. Leading this great city as mayor has been a lifelong ambition, but it's simply not to be. The significant toll a mayoral campaign would take on my family life was the motivating factor behind my decision. I put my family through one arduous mayoral campaign, I can't put them through another. I sincerely thank the many citizens who already offered me their heartfelt support and contributed their hard-earned money to the campaign. I will be returning all campaign contributions immediately and reaching out to each donor personally. I will continue to be involved in shaping the future of Philadelphia in meaningful ways and will have a very keen interest in the selection of our next mayor. To all those who have worked with me, stood by me and believed in my candidacy, I offer my sincerest gratitude."

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