Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx does not plan to run for re-election.
Foxx sat down with Eyewitness News anchor Blair Miller for an exclusive interview to lay out why he's not running.
Foxx, who has been the mayor of Charlotte since 2009, said after two terms, he's now ready to move on.
The interview took place late Thursday night when Foxx invited Miller to the government center where he first said this: "Well, I've made a decision that I'm not running for re-election."
He said it's something he's been discussing with his wife in recent months, and that it's not an easy decision because of what he's done during his tenure.
There's been wide speculation that Foxx is a leading candidate to become the next secretary of transportation in Washington, D.C. under the president's cabinet.
"No, I'm making this decision because of the facts that I have said. I'd be making this decision regardless of any of that stuff," Foxx said.
Foxx said the big reason he's not running again is because he's accomplished most of what he wanted to do. "As I said, when I came into this office, I had a very clear idea on where I wanted to push the city towards and we've made it a good bit of the way there," Foxx said.
Foxx said it's a decision he's been considering in recent months and discussing with his family, but also comes after recent issues that have created a political tug of war between himself and other lawmakers at both the local and state level.
His tenure will last nine more months. He said he doesn't know if he's done with politics, but he wants to focus on family.
"I don't know. I will tell you, my kids are 6 and 8. So these years are the ones where they will be very critical to me and to them because I don't want to be one of those dads that looks back and says, 'Gosh, I wish I had spent more time with my kids,'" Foxx said.
Click here to read Foxx's full statement about his decision.