Mayor Anthony Foxx, who announced Friday morning that he will not seek a third term, had been struggling with the decision for weeks due to the strain the job puts on his family, a close political ally said.
Lynn Wheeler, a Foxx supporter and former Republican city councilman member, said Friday she had lunch with Foxx on March 20 at The Liberty restaurant on South Boulevard. At the time, she said, she and councilman James Mitchell attempted to persuade Foxx to run for a third term.
“He was definitely struggling with the decision and he said that his kids are very young and he feels that he is missing some of the key times in their lives,” said Wheeler, who served on the council for 14 years. “He seemed to be in quite a bit of anguish.”