WALLA WALLA — City Council Member Shane Laib will not run for re-election but will remain in politics, he announced this morning.
Laib, who has served on City Council position three since 2006, said he has taken a full-time position with State Senator Michael Baumgartner office as a legislative assistant.
“Eight years is a long time and I never had it in my mind to be a longterm council member,” Laib said, adding he had made the decision not to seek re-election to his City Council seat before beginning his employment with Baumgartner’s office.
“It is time for me to move forward with my life and concentrate on other things.”
Laib’s frequent absences from council meetings due to his work in Olympia had been an issue this year.
Three of seven City Council positions are up for election this year, with the other spots currently held by incumbents Mayor Jim Barrow on Position 1 and Council Member Conrado Cavazos on Position 3.
Washington state’s candidate filing period this year’s elections started today.
Candidates may online or in person at their county elections department. The filing deadline is Friday at 4 p.m.
Candidate filings are also accepted by mail.
Alfred Diaz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8325.