Mayor Williams Chooses Not to Seek Third Term

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NLC President Anthony A. Williams announced last week he will not seek a third term as mayor of Washington, D.C.

"As your mayor, I have led this city to the threshold of greatness We have opened the door, and prepared this city to walk through it. But I have come to tell you today that I will not be the one to lead you through that door," Williams said to a group of supporters gathered in Southeast Washington. "My biggest reason for not serving a third term is the feeling that it's time for a change. Time for me to begin a new chapter in my life and to look for new challenges."

Williams will continue to serve as mayor through 2006; his term as NLC President ends in December 2005 when a new president will be elected at the Congress of Cities in Charlotte, N.C.

In his seven years as mayor, Williams is credited with sparking a renaissance in the city by attracting business and other development, consistently producing balanced budgets, generating affordable housing and pushing for redevelopment of the city's water front and historic thoroughfares.

Williams brought technology to City Hall, updating outdated systems and creating a friendly government that listens to and connects with citizens through town hall meetings, citizen summits and a revamped website.

"Together, we lifted up a city that had fallen into disrepair. Together, we spread economic development across all eight wards Together, we created a government that actually responds to citizen requests. …