Leppert expects to make an announcement about his next steps “in the next several days,” he told the City Council.
The mayor’s term otherwise would have ended in June. Leppert has previously said he would not run for re-election, and he would have been forced to resign early if he had announced a Senate candidacy while in the mayor’s office.
American flags decorate the hood of an antique Ford car in the 4th of July Parade in Ripley, W. Va., on July 4, 2014. The parade is billed as "the USA's largest small town Independence Day Celebration."