EDMONTON – Edmonton City Councillor for Ward 6, Jane Batty, announced Monday she will not seek re-election this fall.
Batty said she will be retiring from politics.
“I have been on council for four terms, 12 years, and it has been an incredible experience, and I have loved meeting and working with all the residents in Ward 6,” shared Batty. “I have certainly enjoyed my colleagues and the mayor, and their leadership and being able to move Edmonton forward. But it is time for me to move off of this particular job and make room for someone else, new ideas, to be able to represent Ward 6.”
“I didn’t realize I would feel so emotional, but I do feel very emotional about it. We have an incredible city and it’s been such a pleasure to be part of everything that’s gone on in the last 12 years, and to be able to see a difference happening.”
She added that she will endorse City Councillor Karen Leibovici should she decide to run for mayor.
Batty worked as Vice President of Operations for Denny Andrews Inc. for 13 years before being elected to council in 2001.
She has been involved in the Capital City Clean Up Business Advisory Committee, McCauley Revitalization Steering Committee, and the River Valley Alliance.
Her council initiatives include the Community Sustainability Task Force, and Northern Relationships. Batty was also part of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Business Association.
“Ward 6 has a very diverse different community than many of the other Wards, and we have some serious challenges in a number of the inner city communities, so it’s been a treat to help get funding, to be able to look at community revitalization, be part of their meetings, their strategies, and their implementation groups,” said Batty. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s been all their ideas of what they want in their community, but to be able to help provide, get the funding for these things to happen and to make a difference for them in the future.”
Ward 6 includes the neighbourhoods of McQueen, Grovenor, North Glenora, Glenora, Westmount, River Valley Glenora, River Valley Victoria, Oliver, Queen Mary Park, Central McDougall, Downtown, Rossdale, McCauely, Boyle Street and Riverdale.
More to come…