St. Tammany Parish Councilman Marty Gould, who has been in office a dozen years, announced this week that he will not be seeking a fourth term this fall.

Gould, who is a riverboat pilot, said that he will be 59 at the end of this term and is two years away from being an empty-nester.

We want to spend as much time with our children as we can, and in only a few years Kathy and I will want to retire and travel some ourselves,’’ Gould said in a prepared statement. “With my personal and family plans for the next few years, I cannot make a commitment to the public knowing that I’m going to be absent so much.”

Gould represents District 5, which lies on the east side of U.S. 190 from Abita Springs south to Mandeville and east to Lacombe. Some portions west of the highway between Covington and Mandeville were added after redistricting in 2010.

Gould, who served on the parish Planning and Zoning Commission prior to being elected, cited new roads, improvements to existing streets and improved drainage regulations as among his accomplishments while in office.

“It has been an honor to serve, and I look forward to the last nine months of this term,” Gould said.

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