PITTSFIELD -- City Council President Kevin Sherman said Wednesday he will not be a candidate for re-election in November.
Sherman, an at-large councilor for six years, said he plans to "take a break" and concentrate more on his career and spend more time with his family. He works at Berkshire Life Insurance Co.
"It has been a pleasure and honor to serve as councilor at large for six years and as the City Council president during this term," Sherman said.
He said it was a difficult decision to make, but one in which he was assured that family and friends would support him either way.
"This has been a lifelong dream of mine -- to be involved at this level, but now the time is right to spend more time with my family," Sherman said.
As for this year, he added, "I won't run for re-election, but I am not resigning and it will be full-speed ahead until January." He said there are several issues before the city that he wants to continue working on as council president.
"I have enjoyed working with Kevin, and I think we hit our stride in working together," said Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi, a former longtime councilor. "I will miss him."
Sherman was unanimously elected president by councilors in January 2012, succeeding former Councilor at large Gerald M. Lee, who did not seek re-election in 2011. In addition to his council experience, Sherman served for three years as a legislative aide to former state Rep. Christopher J. Hodgkins, including as chief of staff.
In related news, several residents took out nomination papers to run for the council or School Committee on the first day the papers became available at the city clerk's office.
City Clerk Linda Tyer said that nine candidates have thus far taken out nomination papers for the November election.
Those include Edward J. Carmel of Second Street, Mark Miller of Williams Street, a former Green Party candidate for state representative and former editor of The Berkshire Eagle; and incumbent Barry Clairmont, all for councilor at large; incumbent Ward 3 Councilor Paul Capitanio; incumbent Ward 4 Councilor Christopher Connell; incumbent Ward 5 Councilor Jonathan Lothrop; former Ward 7 Councilor Joseph Nichols, in Ward 6; School Committee incumbent and Chairman Alfred E. "Alf" Barbalunga, and incumbent committee member Daniel Elias.