INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams has opted out of the mayoral race.
Williams made the announcement Thursday evening. He issued the following statement:
Over the past three weeks I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of support from hundreds upon hundreds of individuals while exploring the potential to run for Mayor of our great city. After much prayer and consideration, my wife Mary, along with our family have decided not to enter into the upcoming Mayoral race.
I look forward to continuing working with our amazing team to improve our city by strengthening our neighborhoods, increasing economic development opportunities for all, bringing jobs to our city, and ensuring that children have an opportunity to the best education available. It has been a pleasure to serve the residents of Indianapolis as Deputy Mayor for the last seven years under Mayor Ballard, and I am looking forward to serving out the remainder of my appointment and finishing the great work we started.
Williams had announced his run for mayor back in January. He said that talks with family members and advisors convinced him to run.
“I felt that in my heart that it was the time for me to do this,” Williams said in January. “I want to continue to serve the city.”
Williams at the time said he got encouragement from outgoing Mayor Greg Ballard.