District 8 City-Parish Councilman Keith Patin, who announced in early April that he was seeking a third term this fall, said Thursday that he has changed his mind.
“I’m just tired. I don’t feel the passion to serve anymore,” Patin said of his decision to step out of the race. “Nobody says you have to do three. I’ve served my time.”
Patin, whose wife died in 2013, said he plans to refocus on his family and career.
“The last couple of years have been very hard in the transition from an old life into a new life,” he said.
Patin was first elected in 2007 and easily won a second term in 2011, taking 61 percent of the vote.
“I think I have had a positive impact,” he said.
Patin is the only incumbent on the City-Parish Council so far to say he is not seeking re-election.
The race will likely attract increased interest now that the incumbent is out, and Lafayette businesswoman Carol Ross has already announced her intention to the run in District 8, which takes in an affluent area of the city that includes River Ranch.
Ross is president of Edge Communications, a marketing, public relations and advertising firm. She can often be heard as a panelist on KPEL radio’s “Wingin’ It Wednesday” news show.
“Having been active in numerous civic and charitable organizations and as a small-business owner, I believe I offer a keen understanding of the needs of the district, which includes a mix of business and residential developments,” Ross said in a written campaign announcement.
Ross, who is married to former state Rep. Ron Gomez, said she’s “committed to working with fellow council members and the new administration to move our community forward with strong, conservative leadership.”