In advance of the 2018 council elections -- the first to use a district system -- Santa Maria City Councilman Jack Boysen announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election.
First elected in 2010, Boysen was re-elected in 2014. If he chose to run again in November, Boysen would have run for the 3rd District seat. The 3rd District seat currently has no announced candidates.
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"It is with truly mixed emotions that I announce my decision," Boysen said in a statement. "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."
After sending out his official announcement, Boysen expanded his reasons for not seeking another term.
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He explained that he and his wife expected to be traveling more to visit family in Southern California. He also said he is proud of the work the City Council has done to expand affordable housing and homeless services but that it's the right time for him to step down.
"When I was first elected, I thought I'd spend at most two terms," Boysen said. "While there are things I would still hope to get done, I think I've done what I set out to."
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