Commissioner Bo Patterson said his skin was so tough it could be fried.
During a special meeting of the Port St. Joe City Commission on Monday, Kennedy declared that one term as a commissioner was enough and Patterson hoped voters would give him two more years.
With candidate qualifying starting on Wednesday, the two commissioners declared their intent to stay or go in the coming election season.
Kennedy said it would not “be healthy” to run for a second term, saying he would not stand for re-election to the Group I seat.
“I want to announce I will not be seeking another term,” Kennedy said. “I don’t like conflict. I don’t like some of the things that are going on in the city. It is not healthy for me to continue.”
Kennedy did not elaborate on specifics, but said that he had believed his work career had provided a sufficiently thick skin.
However, he said that was not the case within the role of commissioner.
Kennedy added that he was a champion of public service and his intention remained to be engaged in his community, just not an elected a capacity.
“I think community service is huge and I will continue to do that,” Kennedy said, adding that he would be available for consult for the Commission or individual commissioners.
But, he said, two years in office was enough to indicate he was not cut out for the roll.
“I think you’ve done a great job for the city,” said Commissioner Rex Buzzett, echoing the words of other commissioners who wondered if Kennedy might be open to rethinking his position.
Patterson said, “My skin to so thick you could fry it” while announcing that he would stand for re-election toi the Group II seat.
“I have enjoyed that last two years and I look forward, hopefully, to two more years,” Patterson said.
Mayor Mel Magidson announced earlier this month that he would be seeking re-election to the remaining seat in play this year, that of Mayor/Commissioner.
The voter registration book for the May 14 election closes at 5 p.m. ET on April 15. This is for new voter registration or party changes, though party affiliation has no bearing on this city-wide election.
The last day to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. ET on May 8.
Early voting will begin May 4 and continue through May 11 at the Supervisor of Elections Office on Long Avenue in Port St. Joe.
Early voting will take place 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET on each day, including Saturdays, exclusive of Sundays.
There will be no early voting on Sunday, May 5.