BLOOMINGTON — Scott McCoy is being coy about whether he plans to run against Mayor Tari Renner in two years despite a Facebook page called "Scott McCoy for Mayor of Bloomington."
"I did not create it (the Facebook page); it is not me," McCoy told The Pantagraph on Friday. "It is more of a story about a movement of people who are trying to get me to run."
McCoy said he sent a message to the creators of the page to change it "so it it does not look like I created it. I told them to take it down or make it like citizens or people who support this, but don't make it sound like this is me officially doing this."
McCoy, 48, develops software technologies for businesses and was Pontiac's mayor from 2005 to 2009. He would not say whether he intends to run against Renner in 2021.
"Ever since I've gotten involved in politics I have never said 'never' about anything," said McCoy. "So I am not saying 'no.' But I am not saying 'yes.' I am not saying 'I'm thinking about it.' As far as whether I do something in the future, we'll see."
Renner told The Pantagraph that he has not decided whether to seek a third term.
“It’s nearly two years before a mayoral election. I think it’s way too early for me to declare or go forward,” said Renner. “I would want to wait until the presidential election cycle is over before beginning a re-election campaign because that is what is going to occupy people’s time and energy over the next year and a half.”
McCoy ran unsuccessfully in 2012 as a Republican candidate for the 106th State House seat. He moved with his family to Normal four years ago and they moved to Bloomington in December.