Mayor Jon Mitchell says he expected to have an opponent this fall, and not having one will allow him to continue his focus on creating jobs and improving education in New Bedford.

But that doesn't mean the Mayor will be ignoring other races on the ballot.

Mitchell tells WBSM News, he'll be watching the City Council races very closely:

The Mayor declined to say whether he would campaign against the re-election of some Councilors, adding only that he'll continue to strive to improve his relationship with the City Council, and he hopes the Council reciprocates.