Richard Arrington not running for Birmingham mayor

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Former Birmingham mayor Richard Arrington said Monday he will not run for re-election.

Arrington told FOX6 News Monday morning of his decision not to run in December's special election.  Arrington said he was not able to generate enough support he believes he would need to win.

Arrington served as mayor of Birmingham for 20 years. He stepped down in 1999, three months before finishing his term. He had supported several people in the city council races earlier this year, some of which did not get elected.

Arrington said Monday there were "a lot of good candidates" in the upcoming mayoral race.

The special election was called after Larry Langford was convicted earlier this month on felony bribery and conspiracy charges, removing him from office. More than 10 people have already announced intentions to run.

Candidates must declare their intention with the city clerk by the end of business on Wednesday. The special election will be held December 8th.