Wells? O'Keefe? Neither ready to say if they'll run for St. John's mayor again

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The current and former mayors of St. John's say it's too soon for either of them to say if they'll run for the position in September.

Dennis O'Keefe said he wants to meet with trusted friends who he has known for decades before making a decision.

He's holding off for now before announcing his own plans.

"Only a few people, Councillors Danny Breen and Sheilagh O'Leary, have announced what they intend to do," said O'Keefe.

"I want to see what other people are doing and I'm interested to see what [former mayor] Andy Wells does."

'Hour fast approaching'

For his part, Wells, who was first elected the capital city's mayor in 1997 and re-elected in 2001 and 2005, said he hasn't decided yet either. 

"I'm obviously giving it serious consideration and as Billy Graham says, the hour of decision is fast approaching," said Wells. 

He is, however, ready to criticize Breen for running, along with the rest of the current council for being "economic illiterates, economic morons."

O'Keefe may not be clear on his plans, but Wells is. 

"Oh Doc is not going to run now," he said. 

"Given that Breen is going to run, my prediction is O'Keefe will stand down. He'd like to [run] of course because he loves getting paid for doing nothing."

Wells said he'll probably decide in July. 

O'Keefe: re-election bid would be short

Breen announced Wednesday that he is running for the position of mayor in September. O'Leary had previously announced that she is seeking the deputy mayor position now held by Ron Ellsworth.

O'Keefe said that if he does decide to seek re-election, he'll likely run a short, intense campaign of only three to four weeks leading up to election day.

"The last thing people want to see in the summer is me knocking on their door to talk about something that is months away," said O'Keefe.

The municipal election is set for Sept. 26.