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“I’ve been thinking about it for a few weeks and I guess if I could sum it all up with one word it’s ‘grandchildren.’” Mayor Steve Sweeney on not seeking re-election
Sweeney announces end to political career

After 16 years as mayor of Liberty, Steve Sweeney is calling it quits, withdrawing from the race in November.
“I’ve been thinking about it for a few weeks and I guess if I could sum it all up with one word it’s ‘grandchildren.’” I’ve got six and we’re really close and I’m an old man now and I just want to spend time with them,” Sweeney said.
The four term mayor made the announcement on Thursday at the end of a special called city council meeting at noon.