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Stocks-Smith Says She's Staying Out Of Mayor's Race

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Stocks-Smith Campaign for Mayor 2011
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The runner up in the 2011 Springfield mayor's contest issued a statement today saying she won't run for the office next year.  

Sheila Stocks-Smith indicated it's not the right time for her to make a bid.  Stocks-Smith finished second to Mayor Mike Houston in the last election. 

Her statement:

"After carefully thought, I have decided that this is not the right time for me to run for Mayor. Instead, I will continue to serve my community and influence positive change in Springfield through my social policy and program work and community activism.” 

Her decision to stay out of the race means there are four announced candidates.   Along with Mayor Houston, who is seeking another term, City Treasurer Jim Langfelder, Sangamon County Auditor Paul Palazzolo and Ward 2 Alderman Gail Simpson say they are in the race. 

The filing period to run is next month. If five candidates are in, it would trigger a primary. 

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