Chris Portman (R-Mercer, PA), one of the youngest mayors in the US, and likely the youngest in PA, resigned his post three years into his four-year term.
It takes some guts, determination, and stamina to stay the course as a politician. Portmanhad the first two and hit the ground running at the tender age of 19. It took him a Mercer Minute to realize that he was the wrong guy in the wrong job at the wrong time.
Mercer has a weak-mayor system. The mayor has no voting power. The primary job description is to oversee the police department. Portman had vision and moxie, but he was better suited for council. He did have good charisma and visibility, and those traits (in addition to his age) brought positive attention to Mercer.
Unfortunately, Portman lacked stamina. If his lack of knowledge of the system put him into an unwanted position, he should have worked as hard as possible within the system. He got into arguments with council, typically over petty things. His mother even embarassingly came to a council meeting to demand that council stop picking on her son.
Portman pulled away from the job, missing most of the 2004 council meetings. Eventually, the young politico who surprised the town, county, state, and nation, surprised no one by walking away.
Perhaps he is through with politics. He should be. He packed up and left the state for other opportunities, failing to complete a single term. He has requested the media respect his privacy, even though he is - well, was - a public figure.
Portman wants to be left alone. That's fine. Best wishes to him. Now Mercer needs to find someone who seriously wants to be mayor.