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Councilmember John Olshefski Won't Seek Second Term for District 3

City of Huntsville September 4, 2013
(Huntsville, AL) - Huntsville City Councilmember John Olshefski announced today he will not seek a second term in 2014 as Council representative for District 3. The former Redstone Arsenal Garrison Commander was elected to the position in 2010 after Sandra Moon declined to run for a fourth term.

Calling the decision "difficult," Olshefski believes it is one that best serves his constituents. Following his appointment last March to the position of Vice President of Customer Care with Huntsville Utilities, some constituents and utilities management expressed concern about serving in elected office while working at Huntsville Utilities.

"I don't take these concerns lightly, and after lengthy discussions with family, friends and colleagues, I decided it was best for all parties concerned if I complete my current term with the City Council, as I was elected to do, and not seek reelection to that office while employed by Huntsville Utilities," said Olshefski.

During his tenure, Olshefski highlighted the need for retail and economic redevelopment in South Huntsville. He was a strong advocate for the citizens of South Huntsville and worked closely with its neighborhood associations.

"John is a fierce proponent for the residents and businesses in his district, and he has worked tirelessly to address their needs," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "These advocacy skills are serving him well in his new role at Huntsville Utilities and are now benefiting citizens all across Huntsville."

Olshefski says he deeply appreciates the support and encouragement he has received from colleagues, family, and community.

"I am both honored and proud of the opportunity you have given me and the job I have done," said Olshefski. "I will continue to serve you through my position with Huntsville Utilities and hope you all know that I will continue to work in the community's best interest as long as I am blessed with the opportunity to do so."

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For more information, contact:

Pearlie Stamper, City of Huntsville, 256-427-5013 (w), pearlie.stamper@huntsvilleal.gov



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