SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales has announced he will not be seeking re-election in the 2018 municipal elections, citing his daughters as a reason for leaving the public office.

Gonzales said in a statement sent out Wednesday that the decision is “bittersweet,” but he is proud of what he was able to accomplish during his tenure with the help of the community. The single father says he wants to spend more time with his two daughters, one who is starting college and one who recently entered middle school.

Gonzales did not say whether he would run for any other office in 2018. He had previously said he was considering running for governor.

City Councilor Ron Trujillo and former public school teacher Abigail Fox have announced they are running for mayor.