Monday, April 27, 2009

Atlanta Councilmember Anne Fauver won't seek re-election

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 10:10 PM

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Atlanta City Councilmember Anne Fauver says she won't seek for a third term.

In an unexpected email blast to constituents and supporters, Fauver writes:

After eight years you begin to be part of the system, and you find yourself with less energy to pursue better ideas and, frankly, with less faith in the ability of the system to be responsive to them. It’s time for me to pass the baton to a successor; to someone with the energy and vision I had eight years ago.

As of this writing, Midtown business consultant Steve Brodie is the only candidate running for her seat. He narrowly lost to Fauver in 2005 by five votes.

Fauver's full letter, in which she outlines her proudest accomplishments on council, is after the jump. We placed a call to Fauver's office and will update when we hear back.

Dear Friend and Supporter:

I have decided not to seek reelection as your Sixth District representative on the Atlanta City Council. It was not an easy decision, but I believe that eight years is about the right amount of time for public service in the same position. That’s enough time to try out your fresh ideas, figure out how the system works, and expend all that wonderful energy for change that motivated you to run in the first place. After eight years you begin to be part of the system, and you find yourself with less energy to pursue better ideas and, frankly, with less faith in the ability of the system to be responsive to them. It’s time for me to pass the baton to a successor; to someone with the energy and vision I had eight years ago.

When I was first elected, Atlanta was in serious financial difficulty, and confidence in city government was at the lowest point I can remember. I leave office at a time when Atlanta is again in a serious financial crisis, the dimensions of which no one foresaw. Things seem to have come full circle in my eight years, and I wish that my tenure in office was not “bookended” by huge budget deficits.

But between those bookends we accomplished much together. I am proud of the more than $15 million I found in overlooked revenue sources other than taxes—money that allowed the city to avoiding laying off even more of our key service providers in this financial crisis, such as police and firefighters. These revenue sources will be a regular contribution to the general fund in the future.

I am proud of the new ethics code for city officials that I drafted and got approved. I helped tighten the liquor license code, revised the tree ordinance to preserve our tree canopy, and contributed to passing new infill housing and anti-tethering ordinances.

I am proud, too, that I have been able to contribute significantly to making the Sixth District a safer and more pleasant environment for residents and visitors: we have new sidewalks and streetscapes, numerous traffic calming devices, and three formerly dirt roads are now paved. And the district now boasts hundreds of miles of new water and sewer lines. Alas, I have not gotten rid of all the steel plates!

I am proud, too, of having provided the District with unparalleled constituent service—something that is not always easy in a bureaucratic environment but was made much easier by the extraordinary skill and commitment of my legislative aide, Shelia Parrott.

Most of all, I am proud of the support and friendship that so many of you gave me. We have not agreed on every issue, but I could always count on you to be informed and involved. It has been an honor to represent you: my last, best wish is that the next person to occupy my chair in City Council will be as worthy of your support as I have tried to be.

(Photo courtesy Atlanta City Council)

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