Local Politics

Chapel Hill mayor won't seek another term

Posted May 29, 2009 10:21 a.m. EDT

— Mayor Kevin Foy said Friday that he won't run for re-election this fall, saying the town needs new blood in charge.

Foy has served as mayor since 2001 and was on the Town Council for four years before that.

"Being mayor of Chapel Hill is the best job in North Carolina because you get to meet and talk with so many people from around the state, you get to work with an exceptionally qualified professional staff and you see so much interest in issues from people in the community," he said in a statement. "Besides all that, you always have something amazing to celebrate, like ... a national championship at UNC, a national idol – Anoop Desai – and high school students who analyze and challenge the town’s commitment to environmental protection."

Foy said he had three priorities when he first ran for mayor: protecting the environment, nurturing the community's commitment to education and valuing diversity in the town. He said progress has been made in all three areas.

"It is time for another person to lead in Chapel Hill," he said in the statement. "I look forward to our future, and I am confident that Chapel Hill will continue to be a great place to live, work and go to school."