Edmonds City Councilmember Tom Mesaros announced during Tuesday night’s council meeting that he won’t be running this fall to retain his Position 6 seat.
“It is with mixed emotions that I announce this evening I will not be seeking re-election in November of 2019,” Mesaros said during council comments at the end of Tuesday’s meeting. Mesaros, who was appointed in March 2014 to fill the seat vacated with the retirement of Frank Yamamoto, noted that he will have served nearly six years on the council at the end of 2019.
A long-time Edmonds resident with decades of experience in non-profit management, Mesaros said that he and his wife Margaret are looking forward to enjoying time traveling “and opportunities to experience the wider world around us.”
Mesaros’s appointment to the council in 2014 was particularly noteworthy in that it took councilmembers 58 ballots and three meetings before finally deciding — on the 59th ballot — to appoint him to Yamamoto’s seat.
“I have sought to serve our city to the best of my ability,” Mesaros said Tuesday night.
“I do hope our coming elections, whether in the primary or general, attract many qualified candidates with a desire serve, listen, learn, grow and developed more understandings of the issues and opportunities that our city faces,” he said.