Metro Councilwoman Alison Gary announced Wednesday she will not seek a second term.
Gary represents District 11, a south Baton Rouge district that includes the Tara and Old Goodwood, Bocage and Jefferson Place neighborhoods. Her term expires Jan. 1.
Gary, who is expecting her first child, said her growing family influenced her decision.
“Now that the campaign season is gearing up, I wanted to let you know that I have decided not to run for a second term,” Gary said.
“It was an extremely difficult decision, but I know that once baby girl Gary gets here, my priorities are going to shift. I had been on the fence about this for a while, but more than anything I want to give my family as much attention as possible,” she said.
Gary said she will work hard for the remainder of her term and didn’t rule out a possible run in the future.
“I may run again in the future, but this year, I’m happy to watch y’all from the sidelines,” Gary said.
Gary’s announcement means there will be at least three new faces on the Metro Council next year.
Both Mike Walker and Ulysses “Bones” Addison cannot run again under the term limits rule.
On Tuesday, Ryan Heck, an Albemarle executive, announced he is running for Gary’s seat.
Heck, a 34-year-old Republican who is married and has two children, said Baton Rouge has serious crime and traffic problems that need to be addressed.
“I offer real experience and bold, conservative solutions to the challenges we face,” Heck said.
The qualifying period begins in August.