CALGARY, ALTA. — Calgary Councillor Druh Farrell announced in a published blog post Monday that she won’t be running for her council seat this coming October.
The announcement was buried at the bottom of a blog post Farrell published about the growth of Calgary’s East Village over the past 15 years, and her vision for what downtown Calgary could become.
Two paragraphs from the bottom, Farrell added, “I won’t be running for re-election this fall. It won’t be me championing our downtown into the coming decades. We need bold leadership around our council table to ensure our downtown is transformed into a true community where people want to live, work, learn, and play for years to come.
“City-building is no easy task,” she added, “but after 20 years around the council table, I can tell you it is worth it.”
Farrell was elected to council in 2001, representing Ward 7.
A number of Farrell’s colleagues paid tribute to her on Twitter, including Counc. Jyoti Gondek, who is running for mayor in October, and Counc. Jeff Davison.