State Sen. Jim Ferlo withdrew from the Pittsburgh mayor's race on Friday, pulling out of a crowded field seeking a win in the city's Democratic primary.
"The unexpected announcement of Mayor [Luke] Ravenstahl created a very short timetable for an ambitious run and considering that my history of public service has always been based on grass-roots fundraising and mobilization of people power, this would be a difficult task in just a few short weeks," Mr. Ferlo said in a statement. "Others have been running for mayor for the last several years."
The Highland Park Democrat said in the statement he was committed to finishing his Senate term.
"I have no doubt that the voting public will discern those remaining candidates that are deserving of their trust and support and separate out boastful and baseless candidacies," Mr. Ferlo said in the statement.
The other candidates competing in the Democratic primary are Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb, city Councilman Bill Peduto, former state Auditor General Jack Wagner, city council President Darlene Harris, state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Hill District, and A.J. Richardson, who listed his occupation as school bus monitor.
The sole Republican to file for mayor is Josh Wander of Squirrel Hill.
Mr. Ferlo served 15 years on city council, including four as its president. He won his state Senate seat in 2003.
He is known as an outspoken politician, with a history of public confrontations on issues from preservation -- he was arrested as a councilman for trying to stop the demolition of Syria Mosque in Oakland -- to the role of UPMC in the region.