ROCKLAND, Maine — Mayor William Clayton announced Tuesday night he would not seek a second term on the City Council this fall.
“I have had a lot of discussion with my wife Christine and have thought about it to myself for the last few months. I have to re-focus back on my wife and kids and my full time job,” Clayton said in a news release.
Clayton is the events coordinator for the Samoset Resort.
He said wants to invest time in his young children’s school activities and in the school itself.
“I am looking forward to the last few months of my tenure as mayor and getting as many things done as possible with the rest of council,” he said.
Clayton said he hopes the next mayor will take what the current council has accomplished and build on that.
He said he wants to see the current level of decorum at council meetings maintained. He also cited his efforts in getting more people to volunteer on city boards as well as projects such as the city beach cleanup earlier this year as things he is proud of having done.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on council and I don’t anticipate staying away for long,” Clayton said.
There are two seats up for election on Nov. 5. Councilor Larry Pritchett said Monday he was close to deciding if he would seek re-election but had not yet made it official.
One person has taken out nomination papers — harbor management commission member Louise MacLellan-Ruf. The deadline for filing nomination papers is Sept. 23.
The two incumbents representing Rockland on the Regional School Unit 13 board whose terms are expiring are seeking re-election. Donald Robishaw Jr. and William Pearce have taken out papers.