Redwood City Mayor Giselle Hale announced she will not be seeking re-election to the Redwood City Council in a statement Friday morning.
The announcement comes less than one month after Hale ended her bid for California State Assembly, citing the negative impacts the race had on her personal and family life.
In the statement, the mayor thanked her colleagues, staff, and Redwood City residents and said, “I will always be your fan, your advocate, and most importantly, your neighbor.”
Hale also said she hopes her journey inspires others, and ended her statement on the topic of leadership. “Leadership shouldn’t be held tightly, it should flow, be shared, and pull others in. Leadership leaves seats open at the table and invites others to take them.”
Over her 8.5 year tenure in Redwood City politics, Hale served as a Planning Commissioner, Councilmember and Mayor. Hale also served as an Executive Committee Director for Peninsula Clean Energy and Director for the Association of Bay Area Governments.
At the same time, three candidates: Chris Sturken, Allison Madden and Margaret Becker have filed to run for election in Redwood City council district 2.
The election filing period closes Friday.