AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — Alex Fairly, the businessman behind the Civic Center lawsuit, announced he's not running for Amarillo mayor.
"I genuinely believe that my best role in Amarillo isn't as a mayor," said Fairly in a Facebook video.
Fairly said he's never spent more time or been more thorough in a decision than I have with this one.
"I do believe a movement began this summer (because of the lawsuit) and I don't intend to step away from that," Fairly said.
He then endorsed Councilman Cole Stanley for mayor.
"I think he's a complete redirection from our past. I think he'll be fantastic," said Fairly.
Fairly said he decided two weeks ago not to run for mayor and since then has urged Stanley to run.
If Stanley decides to run, he would face fellow councilmember Freda Powell, along with three others currently on the ballot.
The municipal election is May 6.
The filing period ends Feb. 17.