Letter: Ward 5 city councilor won't seek re-election
To the editor:
To the citizens of Pittsfield:
It is with much thought and soul searching that has led me to make the decision to announce that I will not be seeking re-election as your Ward 5 city councilor.
As I begin to experience an increase in demand for my time and energy addressing family concerns and professional obligations I fear in time these would lead to a decrease in the level of service and responsiveness that you have come to expect and deserve. As I look into the future with these concerns I believe that the Ward 5 residents should have the opportunity to continue to receive the level of service they have come to expect with new representation.
I would like to thank you for your support over the last four years. It has truly been an honor to represent you.
I am thankful to my colleagues on the City Council, the dedicated and talented staff of the city of Pittsfield and the remarkable volunteer members of our boards and commissions for their commitment and continued hard work and collaboration over the last four years. I am grateful for Team DTR who have always been there through elections and beyond, committed not only to me but to serving the community we all love.
There are still many issues both the ward and the city need to deal with and I will be there for the remainder of the year to continue to engage with the ward constituents and Pittsfield citizens to do my part to fulfill the remainder of my term with vigor and dedication. I will continue the monthly ward meetings and the many neighborhood group meetings that have become a hallmark of my tenure as the Ward 5 city councilor. Although I will not be seeking re-election as an elected official, I plan to remain involved in many arenas of public life as my responsibilities allow.
I wish you well as I remain ready to help your newly elected Ward 5 councilor in the transition.
Donna Todd Rivers,
The writer is city councilor, Ward 5.
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