Councilman Hugh Forsythe announced Tuesday that he will not seek election in November to retain the seat to which he was appointed in January.
The retired U.S. Air Force general was selected from among five applicants to fill the seat held by Kelly Burk until she was elected mayor last November.
In announcing he would not run, Forsythe endorsed Joshua Thiel, who began campaigning for the seat in March. Thiel, 27, was a college football kicker and Forsythe said he was confident Thill would “kick it through the uprights” as a town councilman.
Forysthe said his five months on the council had been “educational” and he commended Town Manager Kaj Dentler and the town staff for their work. He also said he enjoyed working with Burk, while acknowledging that he did not support her in last year’s election. He also pledged to stay involved in town activities, including participation in the town economic development committee first proposed by Councilman Ron Campbell.
Campbell thanked Forsythe for his integrity and willingness to serve the town.
Forsythe’s work is far from over, however. He will continue to serve until Dec. 31 when the candidate elected in November will take over until the end of 2018.