FORMER City of Greater Bendigo mayor David Jones has changed his mind and will not run at October's elections.
Mr Jones told the Bendigo Weekly he had made the decision for family reasons.
"I reached a fork in the road, looked at both forks and chose one, for positive reasons" he said.
"I decided not to run for life-work-family balance."
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In July, Mr Jones revealed the Greens would run endorsed candidates in the three new council wards, and he would seek preselection for one of the positions.
The Greens' plan was attacked by most of the sitting council, for introducing organised party politics into local government elections.
Mr Jones was mayor for two years of the previous council term, and was one of five councillors thrown out at the 2008 election.
Despite being part of a council that approved the disastrous Hargreaves Mall redevelopment, Mr Jones later described the project as a "lemon" and a "disgrace".