Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced Monday that he will not enter the 2018 race for governor.
In a release, Bronin said he believed he had the support to go forward but wanted to focus on the future of Hartford instead.
“But as I’ve considered the road ahead, I’ve kept my commitment to Hartford at the forefront of my mind. After thinking hard and wrestling with this decision, I have decided to end my exploratory committee and stay focused on my work as Mayor," Bronin said in a statement.
Bronin announced last December that he would form the exploratory committee to determine if he would run this November.
He has been serving as Hartford mayor since Jan. 2016.
Last October, the state came up with a plan to pay Hartford's $550 million in debt. The plan was made official in March.
Bronin said he didn't want his status in the governor's race to have a negative impact on how people perceive the bailout.
“While our State may be at a critical moment, our city is, too. Last fall, we were able to build new partnership with the State of Connecticut — marrying new financial assistance with long-term accountability. I believe deeply that agreement was the right and responsible path, not just for Hartford but for Connecticut."