Linda TerHaar, who has served on Saline City Council since October of 2010, will not seek re-election.
TerHaar was appointed to council to fill a vacancy in 2010. She was elected in 2011 and has been re-elected ever since.
"After long, careful consideration, I've decided not to seek re-election to city council this year. However, that does not mean that I am finished. Six full months remain of my current council term, and I will continue working hard to serve the community to the best of my ability," TerHaar said. "Additionally, it is my sincere hope that all of this year's candidates for Council will bring to us voters a positive, constructive approach to the work and role of City Council."
TerHaar has been one of council's strongest voices on environmental and public transportation issues. She also played a key role in the passage of Saline's non-discrimination ordinance. She's served as Mayor Brian Marl's Mayor Pro-Tem for several years and has been one of the mayor's allies on some of the more divisive issues to reach the table.
TerHaar's decision means there will be at least one new face on council next January. Jack Ceo and Heidi McClelland also see their terms expire this year. Ceo is running for re-election while McClelland has not told The Saline Post of her plans yet.
There are several potential candidates for office. Jeffrey Shier, Kevin Camero-Sulak, James Dell'Orco and Brian Cassisse have also pulled nominating petitions from the city clerk's office.
Candidates must submit their completed petitions to the clerk's office by July 23.