NEW ORLEANS - Councilwoman Susan Guidry, a two-term council member from District A, say she plans to retire next year instead of seeking out another office in this fall's elections.
Guidry officially made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
Guidry cannot run for re-election to the Council A seat, though she could have run for a Council-At-Large position.
"I promised myself if I did it, I would give it eight years," she told Uptown Messenger. "My plan was to be here to help the city recover. I was tempted to continue, because I feel very compelled to do criminal justice reform. I don't see a lot of stomach for that among elected officials."
Here is Guidry's entire statement:
(NEW ORLEANS) –Today, Councilmember Susan G. Guidry revealed that she has made the decision not to seek another position on the New Orleans City Council. After serving two consecutive terms in office as the representative of District A, she is preparing to start a new chapter in her life.
“It has been my honor to represent District A and our great city over the past six plus years, and I look forward to continuing to serve through the end of my term in May, 2018. With municipal elections approaching, there has been much speculation about whether I will seek an at-large council seat. I have decided that I will not. My sole purpose in coming out of retirement and running for office was to assist in our city’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina and the failure of our federal levee system,” said Councilmember Susan Guidry.
As the Chair of the Council’s Criminal Justice Committee, Guidry has displayed an unwavering commitment to reform our criminal justice system and to protect our most vulnerable residents. She has tackled budget reform with all of our criminal justice entities. She has championed various other reforms, including keeping our children out of the adult criminal justice system, safely reducing our rate of over-incarceration, and reducing penalties for marijuana possession.
She also serves as a member of the Utility Committee and has been an advocate of energy efficiency and the expansion of the green industry in New Orleans.
“I am very proud of the work I have done toward recovery and beyond. I wish to continue these efforts without the distraction of a campaign. My heartfelt thanks go to all who have encouraged and assisted me in meeting the many challenges that we have faced together,” said Councilmember Susan Guidry.
Outside of politics, Guidry plans to continue to support criminal justice reform efforts. She is also looking forward to a second retirement, spending more time with her family and traveling.
“New Orleans will always be my home,” Guidry confirmed.