Outgoing Del. Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., D-Baltimore City, has decided he will not seek to extend his career in elected office via an appointed return to the Baltimore City Council.
Mitchell was considered a strong favorite to return to the city council following his primary election loss that pitted him and two other incumbents against each other in a single-member district. But the one-term delegate who previously served three terms in the city council nixed the idea in an emailed announcement.
“Over the past several weeks, there has been much speculation regarding the replacement of Councilman Bill Cole in the Baltimore City Council 11th District,” Mitchell said in the statement. “As a former member of the City Council who represented the 11th district, I was asked by my former colleagues and community leaders to seek the appointment to the seat. After much thought, prayer, and deliberation with family and friends, I have decided not to seek a return to the City Council.”
Mitchell said family, teaching and coaching at St. Paul’s School “as well as other opportunities that have been presented to me would make it very difficult for me to devote the time that is necessary to be an effective representative in the City Council for the citizens of the 11th District.
“I enjoyed my 12 years on the City Council and 4 years in the Maryland House of Delegate and I look forward to continuing my family’s tradition of service outside of elective office,” Mitchell said in his statement.