Businessman Vital won't run for mayor

photo Staff photo by Dan Henry/Chattanooga Times Free Press - Greg Vital, the developer of Greenbriar Cove, speaks about the growth of the retirement community in Collegedale while standing in front of Garden Plaza of Greenbirar Cove.

Local businessman Greg Vital said Wednesday he has decided not to run for mayor if a recall election takes place in August 2012.

"My focus needs to be on my company and my family," he said.

Vital is president and CEO of Independent Healthcare Properties LLC, which operates Morning Pointe assisted living homes. He has also been known for his work in land conservation.

He said several weeks ago he was considering a run for mayor in the recall election. But he said Tuesday he does not have time to get his business interests in order to focus on an election.