Sam Jenkins decided not to run for mayor of Shreveport last week, but his supporters aren't ready to give up.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Shreveport City Councilor Sam Jenkins says he is giving "prayerful consideration" to running for Mayor of Shreveport after all.
Jenkins was expected to formally announce a bid for the city's top job on March 4, but postponed the news conference a few days before it was set to take place.
A few days later, Jenkins confirmed the campaign announcement had been put off so that he could work to resolve some financial issues, including unpaid taxes.
On March 6, Jenkins told KSLA News 12 that he had decided not to run in this fall's citywide election after all, citing personal reasons. "I could pretend otherwise," Jenkins said at the time. "But the truth is there are presently issues in my life that do now, and would continue to, distract from my potential candidacy. I care too much about the future of our city, my family and friends to move forward with a race for mayor."
But exactly one week later, it appears that Jenkins' decision might not have been final.
A committee to "Recruit Sam Jenkins" for Shreveport's next mayor chanted "We want Sam!" at a meeting Tuesday afternoon, called to encourage him enter the race.
"I want to give the matter prayer and consideration," responded Jenkins. "I want an opportunity to talk further with family, friends and supporters. And I will give an expression of my intention as soon as I possibly can."