OAKLAND, Calif. (KCBS) _ Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has announced that he will not seek a second term in office.
The deadline to take out election papers is this Friday.
In a released statement, Dellums said, “Five years ago, my wife and I accepted the call to service based on our love of Oakland, our home, and our lifelong commitment to public service…. Now it’s time to pass the baton to the next generation of leadership.”
Six candidates have officially declared they are running for the position, including City Council members Rebecca Kaplan and Jean Quan and former state Senate President Don Perata.
Dellums said he is proud of his time in office.
“I have been profoundly moved by the extraordinary opportunity to serve as Mayor of Oakland,” Dellums said. “It has been a deep honor and privilege. This is my home and I will continue to offer my services to this great city in any way that I can in the coming years.”
Dellums’ decision was made in private and announced to only a few aids and supporters.