Waterloo mayor says she's leaving city in 'strong financial position'

After two terms as mayor of Waterloo, Brenda Halloran announced she will not seek re-election. Halloran said it was a difficult decision but looks forward to taking on new challenges and using her skills to help the community.

Brenda Halloran won't seek re-election after two terms

Waterloo Mayor Brenda Halloran in regional council chambers. (Brian St. Denis/CBC)

After two terms as mayor of Waterloo, Brenda Halloran announced she will not seek re-election. Halloran said it was a difficult decision but looks forward to taking on new challenges. 

"It was a personal decision on where I am in my stage in life and what I want to continue to accomplish," Halloran said during an interview with Craig Norris on The Morning Edition

"There are so many needs in the community. I would like to look at opportunities where I could use my skills and the things I've learned to help others."

Halloran said she's proud of what the city has accomplished during her two terms in office.

"The city is in a strong financial position, we've brought in really good strong fiscal policy and I think we're really well positioned for moving forward in the future," said Halloran. 

For future mayoral candidates, Halloran says the biggest challenge will be striking a balance between their personal and professional lives. 

"The mayor position is more than full time" said Halloran. "You do not get to see your family."

Halloran has almost a year left as mayor of Waterloo, during which time she plans to tackle homelessness in the city. 

"There's always things that you'd wished you'd done differently or you'd made a different decision on. For me, what I wish I could have accomplished more, and I have another year, is to have another facility built for homeless citizens," said Halloran. 

"I'm not going to say no to that yet."

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