A veteran Calgary alderman announced during Monday morning's city council meeting that he will not seek re-election this fall.

Gord Lowe has been the alderman for Ward 2 since 2001, but he says it's time to move on from what he considers a great job.

"I've had 12 great years in Ward 2, but it's time — I believe — to start to look to other endeavours," he said.

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Mayor Naheed Nenshi paid tribute to Lowe, saying he helped modernize the city's budget process and chaired the finance committee for several years while on council.

Almost all other council members — including Nenshi — have already announced they will run in the October election. Ald. Dale Hodges has yet to make his intentions clear.

Long-serving Calgary Board of Education trustee Carol Bazinet also plans to retire. She was elected in a byelection in wards 12 and 14 in 2003.

Bazinet says she sees many changes on the way for schools and it's more important than ever to have a strong school board.