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After 20 years serving Ward 7, Coun. Druh Farrell says she won't be running again.
The councillor slipped the announcement into a lengthy blog post focused on the transformative potential of Calgary's downtown on Monday evening.
"I won't be running for re-election this fall. It won't be me championing our downtown into the coming decades," she wrote.
"We need bold leadership around the council table to ensure our downtown is transformed into a true community where people will want to live, work, learn, and play for years to come. City-building is no easy task but, after 20 years around the council table, I can tell you it is worth it."
Farrell, who was born and raised in Calgary, was elected to council in 2001 representing constituents north of the Bow River.
'You've poured your heart into this city'
Her council website lists some of her achievements while in office as implementing curbside recycling, chairing the new Central Library committee, and advocating for arts, culture and infrastructure projects from the Peace Bridge to the city's heritage strategy.
In her blog post, she reminisces about how during her time in council, the city saw the East Village rejuvenated into what is now a vibrant community.
"East Village shows transformation is possible. It's worth the hard work. We can, and we must, build a downtown that future generations will be proud of," she writes.
Prior to her time on council, Farrell owned a clothing manufacturing business and managed the Kensington Business Revitalization Zone.
Shortly after Farrell's announcement, council colleagues shared messages of gratitude on social media.
"You always know where Druh stands on an issue, which in politics is admirable. No BS — just authenticity and genuineness in all she does. We haven't always agreed, but I can say that I've learned to be a better public servant from her," wrote Coun. Jeff Davison.
"Druh — you've poured your heart into this city. You've taught us to stay committed to the vision of an optimistic and inclusive future. Thank you for your service and your friendship in the short time we've served together," wrote Coun. Jyoti Gondek.
Farrell's announcement means that six of Calgary's 14 wards will not have incumbents in the race this fall.
So far, three candidates are vying for the Ward 7 seat in the October municipal election: Marilyn North Peigan, Heather McRae and Daria Bogdanov.