Surrey First Councillor Mary Martin won’t be seeking re-election this fall.
She announced her decision in a media release Wednesday.
First elected in 2005, Martin sits on the city’s finance and police committees, chairs Surrey’s Diversity Advisory Committee and Healthy Communities Partnership, and represents Surrey on the board of Metro Vancouver.
In a release, Martin said it has “been a real honour to serve the citizens of Surrey, and to have worked so closely with Linda Hepner and Dianne Watts, two genuinely amazing mayors.”
“At the same time, I have also enjoyed working in collaboration with my Surrey First council colleagues on issues and opportunities that make our city a tremendous place to live, work and raise a family,” she added. “Surrey has certainly changed over the past 13 years, and grown substantially. Families and businesses like what they see here, and that speaks volumes about our city’s potential.”
Martin, who has lived in Surrey more than 20 years, said it was time for her to “focus on her family, and to give others in the community the chance to step up and help shape Surrey in the exciting years ahead.”