Two weeks ago, the Daily News reported that the pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church, Kevin Johnson, was exploring a mayoral run (i.e. running for mayor). Philly Mag then ran this interview with him, in which he sounded very much like a candidate. This morning he sent an email to supporters declaring he had changed his mind. Here it is.
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.KRJ