SAN LEANDRO | MAYOR | San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy announced late Sunday night he will not seek re-election later this year after serving just a single term in office.
“I have concluded it is in the best interests of our city and my family that I focus on serving as Mayor for the remainder of my term, which expires at the end of the year,” Cassidy said on his Website and Facebook page.
“When I originally ran for office, I did not have the responsibility of governing. I have come to the realization that adding campaigning to my list of duties would mean the compromise of too many important existing responsibilities. I wish this was the not case. But I see no way I can meet my obligations as Mayor at a high level, as well as my work duties and be present for my young daughters, while also running a vigorous campaign for re-election.”
In 2010, Cassidy registered one of the biggest mayoral upsets in San Leandro history after edging out former Mayor Tony Santos in the city’s first-ever ranked choice voting election. Cassidy previously served one term on the San Leandro school board before not seeking re-election in 2008. At the time, he cited a desire to spend more time with his family.
The announcement, though, comes as a major surprise. Less than two months ago, Cassidy issued a statement that appeared to lay the groundwork for a second term. Under his leadership many in San Leandro view a city on the upswing focusing on tech manufacturing and its popular Lit San Leandro fiber optics loop. In addition, a dearth of strong candidates thus far made his re-election increasingly likely. Cassidy said he will serve through the end of his term on Dec. 31.
Potential candidates for the November election include termed out Councilmembers Diana Souza, Michael Gregory; Councilmember Jim Prola and Bal Theatre owner Dan Dillman, who ran for City Council in 2012.