Is City Councilman Jim Kenney about to jump into the 2015 mayor's race? Looks like we're about to find out.
Jim Engler, Kenney's legislative director, said Kenney will release a statement by the end of today.
When reached by phone, Kenney said he was "not prepared" to declare whether or not he was entering the race, and instead referred questions to Lauren Hitt, who until earlier this week was serving as the campaign spokeswoman for former city solicitor Ken Trujillo.
UPDATE: Martinez has decided not to run. See her statement below. That was fun for a few hours.
Former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo, who unexpectedly dropped out of the mayor's race yesterday, has thrown his support – which could include considerable sums of money – behind former city Human Services Commissioner Alba Martinez.
The question now is: Does she want to run?
A source who has firsthand knowledge of Trujillo's surprise announcement said concerns with the candidate's extended family forced him to withdraw.
"There's nothing scandalous going on, certainly nothing illegal," the source said. "Some issues have arisen with his family in New Mexico. He's going there this weekend."
Diaz: I'll fix the city schools...or die trying. William Bender has the story as Nelson Diaz joins the mayor's race.
No sleep lost over candidate lineup in mayor's race, in this week's Clout from Chris Brennan.
Break in charity-theft trial as Don Tollefson is hospitalized.
Today in Clout, we confront a serious problem for the city: the 2015 race for mayor is shaping up to be a total snooze-fest. Also, soon-to-be Lt. Gov. Mike Stack III and the Boyle brothers (Brendan the congressman, Kevin the state representative) disagree on who should take over Brendan's seat in the state House. And City Councilman Ed Neilson mails out his holiday regard$ to ward leaders.
U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. comes to town to accept a citizenship award named for a mentor on the federal bench.
And former Judge Nelson Diaz formally enters the May 19 Democratic primary election for mayor.
The fear after: when a bullet whizzed past his ear, cop learned all about post-traumatic stress. Police grapple with PTSD after shootings find solace in a peer group, in this report by Morgan Zalot and Vinny Vella.
But-stop slaying unnerves neighborhood. Cops say killer knew victim's routine. Morgan Zalot has the story.
DA grills Tollefson: 'Tolly' says charity money used for personal items was reimbursed.
John Baer asks the question. There are multiple possible outcomes for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane in a case rife with intrigue and yep, politics.
Councilwoman: No eighth in 9th. Marian Tasco has announced she's not seeking another term to represent her district in City Council. Chris Brennan and Mensah Dean have the story.
'Tolly' on a mission to 'make people whole.' I cover day 6 in Don Tollefson charity-fraud trial.
The Daily News takes a look at who benefits with City Council President Darrell Clarke announcing that he will not run for mayor.
John Baer talks to a new kind of GOP leader in Harrisburg.
And the city honors a fallen firefighter.