Krushell not running for 4th term on Edmonton council

Another member of Edmonton's city council has decided not to seek re-election.

Councillor needs more time for family

Coun. Kim Krushell announces Tuesday she will not run for a fourth term on Edmonton city council. (Lydia Neufeld/CBC News)

Three-term councillor Kim Krushell will not seek re-election this fall.

Some pundits believed Krushell might take a run at the mayor's office, but over the noon hour she told reporters she needs more time for her family after three terms.

"I'm one of those people who can gain energy from the crowd and I'm going to miss hanging out with a lot of people at different community league meetings, working on some of the community projects," she told reporters.

"I think I'll volunteer," she said. "I'm not disappearing. I definitely have come to the point where I need a break."

Krushell will join Mayor Stephen Mandel and Coun. Jane Batty on the sidelines in the October election.

Only three councillors — Amarjeet Sohi, Ben Henderson and Dave Loken — have confirmed they intend to run for another term.

So far the list of candidates vying for mayor is a short one, including only Coun. Kerry Diotte and community volunteer Curtis Penner.

Conservative MP Peter Goldring has hinted he might join the race.

Former city councillor, and two time mayoralty candidate, Mike Nickel, is holding a news conference Wednesday to announce that he will run in the election  but it's not clear yet if it will be for council or mayor.

Nickel was defeated as a councillor in 2007 by Don Iveson, who is expected, along with Coun. Karen Leibovici, to run for the mayor's chair.

Leibovici is announcing her plans on Thursday.

The nomination deadline is Sept 23rd, with the election on Oct. 21st.