SANTA FE — City Councilor Mike Harris announced Wednesday that he will not run for re-election in District 4.
Harris, who is finishing his first term on the City Council, said at an informal news conference at City Hall that he was stepping down for “entirely personal reasons.” But he also said he is moving out of District 4 and into District 2.
“I will not be a resident of District 4. You have to reside in the district, it’s that simple,” he said, later adding that he has owned a lot in District 2 for 25 years.
Harris, who turns 71 this year, said he wanted to announce his decision now so everyone knows that his seat on the council will be open, just as it was four years ago when Bill Dimas relinquished the seat to make a run for mayor instead.
Harris said he would not be interested in running against either District 2 councilor, Carol Romero-Wirth, whose term isn’t up until 2022, or Peter Ives, who told the Journal last week he hadn’t made up his mind about running for re-election.
However, Harris said he hoped to stay involved with city government in some way. He’d like to serve on the Airport Advisory Board, he said, and he’s willing to do what he can to help with the transition of the former College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus into whatever it becomes next.
He said he’d also be happy to talk with whomever is interested in succeeding him, he said, advising them about the time commitment to serve on the council and its auxiliary committees, the type of work they can expect to take on and the issues facing District 4.
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