Mayor Kevin Johnson conceded defeat Wednesday of his strong mayor ballot measure, and still won’t commit fully to running for a third term in 2016.
Mayor Johnson said he was “strongly leaning” on running again, but hasn’t “officially” made up his mind.
However, there is some concern around City Hall now, that with the defeat of Measure L, it will be hard for Mayor Johnson to put his name back on the ballot.
“Right now, I don’t want to say anything other than I’ve got work to do as mayor today and tomorrow going forward, and when I get a little time to step back and reflect I’ll be able to think through what this means both short-term and long-term,” Johnson said.
Measure L would have essentially transferred the day-to-day decision making at City Hall from the City Manager’s Office to the Mayor’s Office.
Despite Measure L’s defeat, Mayor Johnson vowed to focus on making Sacramento a City that “works for everyone.”
“We’re going to have to work withing the limitations of this current government structure,” Johnson said. “But having council members who are good and believe in this city and a vision I think is really important and I think good things will come because of that.”
Speaking of council members, Councilmember Steve Hansen, the lead spokesman for the opposition campaign, said Measure L was not specifically a rejection of the mayor.
“But also I think people believe our mayor is successful and a strong leader in the current system, and didn’t need Measure L in order to do the things he wanted,” Hansen said.
The Mayor though, was clearly disappointed Wednesday.
“I had really hoped that the time had come for Sacramento to realize that we had a chance to go from good to great, take the next step,” Johnson said. “I’m going to do everything I can to push us to reach our potential, I just think it’s a lot harder.”