He declined to cite specific factors influencing his decision, saying, "The lines are not as clear in defining who's who in this year's election. I'd rather wait."
Mr. Schmidt served on the council from 1994 to 2002.
Without further comment on the upcoming elections, Mr. Schmidt changed topics. "It's too nice a day to be inside, but I don't have a choice." He recently broke his hip after tumbling from a bicycle and expects to spend the summer recuperating.
The candidate filing period opens July 12. Three terms expire this year — Mayor Rich Cline's, Vice Mayor John Boyle's, and Councilman Heyward Robinson's.