Lone conservative on Austin City Council not seeking re-election

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- The lone conservative voice on the Austin City Council dais will not be seeking a second term, making her the second city council member this year not seeking re-election in November. 

District 8 City Council Member Ellen Troxclair announced in a press release Wednesday that while it has been an honor serving her southwest Austin community, the "decision on whether to seek another term has been an incredibly difficult one..." 

She says since taking office in 2014 — when the new single-member districts were formed — she has been a "voice for fiscal responsibility at City Hall" and a "fiscal watchdog." 

While she mentions her accomplishments that include customer protections for utility billing issues and funding for mobility projects, Troxclair says Austin "continues on an unsustainable path." She cites over-taxation and over-regulation as issues the city has to tackle. 

"It is heartbreaking to watch a city that I love race to become a place where the average person cannot afford to live," Troxclair writes.

Troxclair gave birth to her second daughter in April.  She returned from maternity leave in June.

Troxclair says her relationship with public service will not end and she plans to continue to be active in the community. 

Council Member Ora Houston also announced this summer she's not seeking re-election for District 1 either. 

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