It's long been assumed that Mayor Lionel Rivera would run for El Paso County Commissioner this year.
You know what they say about assumptions.
"I called the El Paso County chair [of the Republican party]," he says, "and I [also] told the vice chair I'm not running."
Asked why not, he mentions the current challenges of his mayoral duties (budgets, medical marijuana, etc.), the pressures from his job, and a need to spend more time at home.
"I do have a wife that I'd like to spend more time with," he says.
Rivera says he won't rule out a future run, but says right now, "it just doesn't work for my schedule."
"Once you've been in politics, you never say [never]," he says, "because you never know what will come up."