District 1 City Councilor Chris Calvert announced that he would not seek another term for office, despite picking up a candidate packet earlier this month.
Calvert, who's served on city council since 2006, says his service over the past over the past seven years has caused him to "put a lot of stuff on the back-burner," including time with his family and friends.
"It's time to get back to normal life," he says.
Known for his support of environmental issues, Calvert cites some of his accomplishments on City Council as promoting sustainability practices on water, energy and food issues. Particularly, he says helping create a city energy specialist position and guiding federal stimulus money toward conservation issues succeeded in moving the city forward. City government, for example, now operates on 20 percent solar power, he says.
"One of my main goals was to make Santa Fe more sustainable," Calvert says. "We made great progress toward that and sort of institutionalized that concept."
He adds that he'll be supporting city Planning Commissioner Signe Lindell, who is one of the three candidates seeking Calvert's seat next March, to succeed him at City Hall.
"I've known Signe for quite a while," he says. "I think she's a smart person and has good judgement."
The other declared candidates for the open District 1 seat are Houston Johansen, whom Calvert appointed to the city charter commission, and Michael Segura.