The mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, says she will not seek re-election nearly five months after the city erupted in rioting following the death of a man injured in police custody.
"The last thing I want is for every one of the decisions that I make moving forward — at a time when the city needs me the most — to be questioned in the context of a political campaign.
"I knew that that I needed to spend time, the remaining 15 months of my term, focused on the city's future and not my own.
"I am so grateful for the opportunity I have had to serve. I am grateful to be a part of what I know is the renaissance of an amazing city," Rawlings-Blake said.