It is with truly mixed emotions that I announce my decision not to run for re-election to the Santa Maria City Council. I have thoroughly enjoyed my eight years of service to the City of Santa Maria and am proud of the accomplishments your council has achieved during that time. Thanks to the synergy between city staff and the City Council, we have made significant progress in the areas of affordable housing and homeless services. We have been prudent in handling your tax dollars while providing expanded and better services to all. I pledge to provide any support I can to your new City Council.

I feel that two terms is enough for anyone to make their footprint on an elected body. It is time to bring in fresh ideas and renewed energy. I also am looking forward to my next personal challenge, whatever that may be. Kathy and I will be spending more time with our children and grandchildren in Southern California but will always be Santa Marians at heart.