Jennifer Watts, councillor for Halifax District 8, won’t run for re-election

Councillor Jennifer Watts pictured in June of 2015. Reynold Gregor/Global News

HALIFAX – Councillor Jennifer Watts has announced she will not be running for re-election in the coming municipal election to be held in October 2016.

In a newsletter to her constituents on her website, Watts said she made the decision before being elected in 2008 that if she were to be successful, she would only serve for two terms.

“I have always felt, particularly at the municipal level, that it is important to have new voices and perspectives and to encourage diversity in the leadership of local government,” the newsletter reads.

Watts is currently the councillor for Halifax District 8.

“In a world where there is a lot of cynicism about the political process, it has been incredibly heartening to engage with amazing people and groups doing excellent work in our community.”

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Watts encourages other residents to run for municipal council, and is offering support and guidance to anyone interested.

“For anyone interested in running for municipal council I would be more than happy to meet to discuss the process and the role/responsibilities,” the newsletter says.

The first opportunity for residents to learn more about running for council is the Municipal Campaign School for Women being held on October 17. The registration deadline for that event is October 2.

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