Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election to a third term, just one week after a recall bid targeting him fell short of the required signatures.
Bonin, who had previously announced plans to run in the June municipal election, said in a series of tweets that he has struggled with depression for years and decided that it was time to “focus on health and wellness.”
“To those who are disappointed by my decision, I am sorry,” he said. “It is very difficult to walk away from a third term and the work we have been doing together, but I need to listen to my heart. This is the best decision for me and my family.”
Bonin, who represents coastal areas stretching from Los Angeles International Airport north to Pacific Palisades, was first elected in 2013, after serving as a top aide to former Councilman Bill Rosendahl. He had been facing a major re-election fight — one that would have been dominated by the issues of homelessness and public safety.
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