Charleston city councilman will not seek re-election

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston City Councilman Tim Mallard announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election.

Mallard said in a letter that he has decided to focus his energy to several business opportunities.

However, Mallard said he would not rule out returning to politics in the future.

Mallard sent the following email:

These past three and a half years have been life-changing for me. I have learned how American democracy really works; and I have learned from the best.

My mayor, Joe Riley has shown me from week to week, month to month and year to year that a successful municipal government is a cumulative negotiation-- one small victory at a time, added to another small victory and then another and another-- until all of these individual negotiations come together to create the framework upon which a great city is built and maintains its greatness.

I have learned from my colleagues on Council that the things I want for my district, they also want for theirs. One neighborhood improvement has a positive effect on the adjoining neighborhood; then that neighborhood can build on that, and the next can build on that... ; then all of the interlocking parts of these neighborhoods reflect a creation of a great city character, that's what I've learned and that's what we in Charleston are privileged to be a part of.

When you look at this job in those terms, you begin to understand the great responsibility that we, who seek to hold a public office must aspire to.

I won't say that my first foray into public service has been easy. As a matter of fact, some  of it has proven downright difficult. But overall, I would say that the time I have spent in public life has been an Honor.

It has been time well spent for me and for the constituents I have endeavored to serve.

But all good things must come to an end, even temporarily. I realize that this announcement today could be a surprise. So I will get right to the point: " I will not seek re-election for another term to Charleston City Council."

After careful consideration, I have decided that at this time in my life, I must focus my energies elsewhere. Several professional Business opportunities have been presented to me that I simply cannot ignore and I must focus my energies on those opportunities for now.

Am I confident there is a future for another opportunity for Tim Mallard in political life? You betcha ! Most definitely.  I believe there will be another opportunity for me to serve SC and the great folks of Charleston if they so choose.

I sincerely thank all of my family. My inspiring parents, Bobby and Ruthie, my college freshman daughter Julia, my oldest brother Robert his wife Virginia and their son RRM III, my brother Scott, my lovable sweet sister Sissy and my youngest brother Patrick. I also want to thank all my friends and constituents who have stood behind me, not only with their financial contributions but also emotionally and spiritually with their great ideas to improve our Community. And lastly, I wish to thank those of you in the media who have attended this press conferences and those of you who have made an honest effort to be fair and accurate in your reporting. You provide a valuable service to the Lowcountry.

That's all for now, folks. Don't forget about me. I can promise I will not forget about you. It's been an honor.

Timothy S. Mallard