Vancouver City Councilor and Mayor Pro Tem Linda Glover will not run for reelection this year.
Glover announced her decision in a post to her Facebook page Monday afternoon.
“The responsibility entrusted in me to keep the city safe and prosperous for every citizen has been rewarding, challenging and even overwhelming at times. I have cherished that responsibility, but after much consideration, I have made the decision to not run for re-election,” Glover wrote. “This will provide the opportunity for another to serve.”
She added that she wants the coming election to bring more diversity to the city council; most of its members live on the west side of the city, near downtown, and all are white.
Glover is proud of the council’s COVID-19 response and policies that assisted unhoused people and promoted job growth in Vancouver, she wrote. She plans to “continue to serve our community in many different ways” outside of the city council.
Glover was elected to the city council in 2017. Her fellow councilors selected her to serve as mayor pro tem in January 2020.
A candidate has already announced his intentions to run for Glover’s seat. Glen Yung, a local business owner and neighborhood association chair, launched his campaign for Vancouver City Council Position 3 last week.