Two-term Edmonton Coun. Michael Walters will not be running in next year’s municipal election.
The south-side Ward 10 councillor announced Wednesday morning he will not be seeking a seat as either councillor or mayor to spend more time with his wife and two teenage sons.
“I wouldn’t trade my time on council for anything, but like all good things it is coming to an end. I have a wonderful wife and two teenage sons I haven’t seen nearly enough of due to this job, and I plan to refocus my work and life in a way that prioritizes them the most. That sounds like a cliché in this business but it shouldn’t be. Those we love are the source of our greatest joy and fulfillment in this life, and that goes for politicians as well,” Walters said in a news release Wednesday.
“This work is a team effort: my elected colleagues, the professionals in City Administration and many members of the Edmonton community all work together to move the city forward, and I’ve enjoyed what small role I’ve played. Not everyone agrees all the time on the best thing to do, but just about everyone I’ve come across in my time here genuinely wants what is best for Edmonton and for the whole community.”
Walters was first elected to city council in 2013, garnering 63.9 per cent of the vote in Ward 10. He was re-elected in 2017 with 59.5 per cent of the vote.
Ward-specific highlights of his time on council include the revitalization of Petrolia Mall, restarting development around the Century Park LRT, neighbourhood renewal projects, the drainage transfer to EPCOR and south LRT prioritization.