Livacari said that after two years of looking for someone to run against Mayor Jenn Daniels, he decided to run against her.
“I stepped up to offer an alternative vision for Gilbert again, one that I thought was desperately needed,” Livacari said. “And since then, the political landscape has changed. Mayor Daniels stepped aside, and we've had some brand new candidates enter the race, and that has allowed me to go back to doing the simple and the basic things that are really important, namely helping my wife raise our five very small children.”
Livacari said he had been a reluctant candidate all along, but he may run again someday when his children are older.
Livacari submitted the form necessary to remove his name from the Aug. 4 ballot, Gilbert Town Clerk Lisa Maxwell said.
Livacari said he had made no formal endorsement but would be supporting Matt Nielsen in the mayoral race.
Others running are businesswoman Lynne King Smith and former Council Member Brigette Peterson. The election is Aug. 4.