Santa Fe Mayor David Coss announced this morning that he will not be seeking reelection next year, ending a run that lasted two terms.
Coss, who's been mayor since 2006, made the announcement on former SFR editor Julia Goldberg's KVSF radio show this morning.
"It's been a great privilege to be the mayor. It's been an honor. It's been a lot of work," he said on the show.
Known for his progressive politics, Coss cited helping save the College of Santa Fe (now known as the Santa Fe University of Art and Design) from closure and establishing one of the highest minimum wages in the nation as two of his biggest accomplishments as mayor.
"Even if business groups keep wanting to weaken that or repeal that, they can't change the fact that through that thousands and thousands of people have had more money in Santa Fe for eight years now," he said of the living wage.
He lost a few battles as well, including a City Council repeal of the pro-union Community Workforce Agreement and a failed run for state representative last spring (Coss was criticized for wanting to serve as both mayor and state representative at the same time).
More recently, Coss played a big role in encouraging Santa Fe City Attorney Geno Zamora to draft a legal memo recognizing same-sex marriage in New Mexico.
In the radio show, he mentioned wanting to spend more time with his family, though he didn't rule out a future run for another office.
"This could be partially me clearing the path for another office," he said. "But I'll have to look at that."
Click here to listen to Coss' announcement on Goldberg's radio show.