Ward11 Coun. Lynne Reynolds announced Friday she will not be seeking reelection in the October municipal vote.
Reynolds hasn't yet returned messages from sudbury.com seeking more information about why she's stepping down. But in a news release, Reynolds said she would serve until Nov. 30, when the next city council takes over.
“It has been my very great pleasure to have served the citizens of Ward 11 in the past few years and I leave my seat feeling most satisfied that, together, and in just four years, we have advanced our ward by considerable leaps and bounds,” Reynolds said in the release.
“All the factors for a healthy community, for progress and future growth have been assembled and citizens will continue to see the positive effects of our work for many years to come.
“Ward 11 is an especially busy ward, encompassing as it does the majority of retail and commercial businesses in the city. I have ensured that new businesses were welcomed with open arms, that existing businesses continue to thrive and that our economic outlook remains positive. It has been a most satisfying and exhilarating experience.”
Reynolds was an assistant to former Liberal cabinet minister Diane Marleau and had previously sat on council from 2003-2006. She ran for mayor in 2006, losing to John Rodriguez, before winning the Ward 11 seat in the 2014 vote.
“I have very much enjoyed working with this excellent and progressive council, as well as our staff, and I want to wish my colleagues the very best with their re-election campaigns,” Reynolds said in her news release.
While not detailing why she's not running again, Reynolds said she is announcing her intentions early to encourage qualified candidates and give them plenty of time to run their campaigns.
Mayor Brian Bigger is quoted as saying in the release that Reynolds will be missed at the council table.
“Lynne Reynolds has been a very valuable member of our team,” Bigger said.
“She has exhibited excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills and has worked extremely hard for the citizens of Ward 11. I am confident that I speak for all members of Council when I say that I wish her all the best in her future endeavours.”