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Coun. Mary-Margaret McMahon won't run in 2018 municipal election

Last Updated Oct 23, 2017 at 10:22 am EST

After serving her ward for seven years, city councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon said she won’t be running in next year’s election.

“I believe term limits are healthy for a city, for neighbourhoods, and for politicians,” McMahon said in a release on Monday,

“I believe being a politician is a public service, not a career.”

McMahon was elected to represent Ward 32 (Beaches-East York) at city council in 2010 and currently sits on Mayor John Tory’s Executive Committee. She is also the Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee.

As part of her previous election campaigns, she called for democratic reform at city hall, including implementing term limits. She told her voters that she would only run for two terms, and now she will fulfill that promise.

“As we enter campaign season, I encourage all politicians to reflect on their time in office, their accomplishments, and their chance to hand over the torch to someone new,” McMahon said.

“Leave the party while you are still having fun! Give someone else a chance.”

McMahon said she plans to continue city building in her post-political life.