Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Tracy won?t seek re-election to City Council

Express Staff Writer

Terry Tracy

The only woman in "the boy's club" will pack up her blunt wit, call it a day and head for the first tee.

Ketchum City Councilwoman Terry Tracy will not seek re-election and will step down when her term expires in January, she announced to the City Council at its Monday, Aug. 6, meeting.

It was time, said the 66-year-old councilwoman, who has lived in Ketchum since 1969.

"Because of the constraints ... the time demands of the job," are her reasons for not seeking another term, she said during an interview. "I have family and friends I need to spend more time with and want to spend more time with."

She would like the council to do more "on little things," she said as she read her announcement. "Real people live and work in this community, not just tourists."

Tracy often pushed for improved sidewalks and getting more street lighting.

"I would also like to see the council focus a little more on the so-called (low) 'hanging fruit' so that issues that would or should take one meeting of discussion and debate don't take two to three years," she said.

Tracy said she is proud that the Downtown Master Plan is a reality as well as the Guy Coles Skate Park and that people are getting involved in the city's relatively new entities, the Urban Renewal Agency and Community Development Corporation. She had "struggled with" her decision for the past six months, she read from her announcement.

"You'll be missed," Mayor Randy Hall told her.

"I valued what you brought to the table," said Councilman Baird Gourlay.

"I'm going to miss you a lot," said Councilman Ron Parsons.

Tracy was elected in 2003 after spending 25 years as the city's recreation director.

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