YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown's mayor says he will not run for the city's top elected position but instead will seek re-election as council president.
Chuck Sammarone tells 21 News that he places God and his family before his work, which he described as a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sammarone says that in addition to spending more than eight hours a day at city hall, there are other meetings and obligations.
The mayor says his nine-year-old grandson asked him why he hasn't helped him improve his hitting for little league.
Sammarone didn't say whether he would endorse anyone for the mayor's position in a year, however says he will look for the candidate who is committed to adding more accountability in government, someone strong on code enforcement and committed to tearing down blighted properties.
Sammarone is filling the unexpired term of former mayor Jay Williams who resigned to take a job in Washington D.C. with the Obama administration.