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Mayor Carter will not run for re-election

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

Covington Mayor Kim Carter made the surprise announcement that she will not seek re-election at the end of Monday night's council meeting.

Carter blamed tensions on the City Council, saying some members are more concerned with "controlling the reigns of political power" than serving the citizens. She cited surprise amendments to the agenda, agreements reached outside council chambers, whispered conversations during meetings, "refusal of some to discuss the business of the people in the light of day" and a rejection by members of the council of the strategic plan they adopted. She also said some members are attempting to change the city charter to weaken the powers of the mayor.

"When teamwork fails, the ship cannot sail," Carter said.

"My heart is very heavy with sadness," she said, adding that she will continue to try to make a difference in the community.

"My passion to serve remains but this particular journey has run its course. I've made mistakes as we all have. But I will assure you I've never given anything less to this job than my best effort," she said.

So far two candidates, Ronnie Johnston and Bobby Sigman, have announced intentions to qualify for mayor. Qualifying for the November Municipal Election takes place Aug. 29-Sept. 2.

Keep checking www.newtoncitizen.com for updates on this story.