Charlotte City Council Member Warren Cooksey announced Monday morning that he will not seek a fourth term.
Cooksey has represented District 7, which is deep south Charlotte including Ballantyne, since 2007.
"It has been a privilege to serve the City of Charlotte as the Council Member for District 7 for three terms," said Cooksey in a statement. "However, it's time to let the voters choose someone else to have that opportunity. It's good to have a sense of balance in life, and I need to focus on personal and professional goals for a while."
Cooksey has been one of two Republicans serving on city council in recent years alongside Andy Dulin. Cooksey and Dulin voted against a property tax increase in 2012 and sided with five Democrats to keep the tax rate unchanged and study the city's proposed capital plan, which was later approved.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed advocating conservative approaches to City issues," said Cooksey. "I hope the next Council Member from District 7 also seeks to work with other Council Members to do what is best for all of Charlotte."