FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes plans to announce his intention to seek reelection, despite previously saying he would not return to the office at the end of his term. The Republican mayor will announce the news Thursday evening.
In March, McBarnes told city employees he would not run in the 2019 Republican Primary. According to the Clinton County Daily News, McBarnes said he never had the intent of making this into a career. He said he simply wanted to make his hometown a better place to live.
“It’s a heartfelt decision I’ve come to through much discussion and prayer with my family and a choice with which I am at peace,” he said during the Frankfort State of the City Address. “So, my journey here in Frankfort will continue, but in a very different way once my second term concludes at the end of next year. I’m a firm believer that municipal government service is about making a community better in every way possible, but that it shouldn’t necessarily be a career.”
McBarnes will be running for his third term. In the 2015 election, McBarnes won with 88 percent of the vote.
News 18 will be at Thursday evening's announcement.