Scott Smith said Thursday he'll run for a second term as Mesa's mayor to continue pushing his economic development and community revitalization initiatives.
Smith works up to 80 hours a week and said he wrestled with the decision because of the strain the position can put on his family life. He consulted with his wife, who said she wanted him to stay on the job.
Smith announced his bid for a second term at Mesa's state of the city address. The announcement warranted a standing ovation from a crowd of about 500 gathered at the Hilton Phoenix East hotel.
The mayoral post is Smith's first elected position, and he's gained national attention for his work in the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Smith was one of three mayors last week to be named "persons of the week" by ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer, along with Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles and Philadelphia's Michael Nutter.
They called on the federal government to invest in infrastructure to create jobs and to make the U.S. more competitive internationally. And they've promoted cities taking the lead if Washington fails to act.
Smith also lobbied for Arizona's Repulican presidential debate to be held in Mesa, which will put the national spotlight on the city on Feb. 22.
A Republican, Smith has also had numerous meetings with President Barack Obama.
No other candidates have expressed interest in the mayor's office so far. Candidates must file to run by May 30 for an August primary election and a November general election.
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