Connelly second to jump into Greenville mayor's race

Greenville Councilman P.J. Connelly (Submitted photo)

GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Councilman P.J. Connelly has announced his intention to be a candidate for Mayor of the City of Greenville. He is the second to announce, following the resignation of Mayor Allen Thomas this month.

Fellow Councilman Calvin Mercer said earlier this month he will seek the mayor's seat in the November election. On Monday, the Greenville council met and formally accepted Thomas' resignation and transferred powers temporarily to mayor pro-tem Kandice Smith, who has not said yet whether she too will seek a full term as mayor.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to share a vision for Greenville that continues to move our city in the right direction" Connelly said in a press release. "As a candidate for City Council, I went door to door to listen to citizens' concerns and ideas. I'm proud to have taken many of those ideas and put them into action. I would be honored to continue to be a voice of the citizen as their next Mayor, serving with the same passion and dedication I have shown on the council ."

Connelly is a graduate of ECU, where he majored in finance and also played on the baseball team. After a three-year professional baseball career, Connelly returned to Greenville to start his own company. Connelly is a proud husband and father of two girls who are all proud to call Greenville home.