“I believe my experience over the past 40 years will allow me to make a significant contribution to the future of our great city,” Bennett said today in an e-mail to the YMCA board.
“I will be turning in my declaration of candidacy today with a formal announcement scheduled for mid-January,” he said in the e-mail.
“Our city needs proven leadership; a sustainable, strong and dynamic business environment and the restoration of trust and confidence through financial strength and accountable fiscal management. That is what I can bring to our community, and I would be honored to serve as I enter the next chapter of my life,” Bennett said.
Bennett said he decided to run after discussions with several community leaders, his family and significant prayer.
“Your support and commitment to building community has given me the skills to enter this arena,” he told the board. “Thank you for your confidence and support. As you know, I will always be a ‘Y Guy.’”