SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Santa Maria Mayor Pro Tem Jack Boysen announced Thursday morning that he will not be seeking re-election to the Santa Maria City Council after serving two terms.
He made the following statement:
My apologies for the impersonal nature of this email but I wanted to let you know of my decision not to run for re-election to the Santa Maria City Council.
It is with truly mixed emotions that I announce my decision. I have thoroughly enjoyed my eight years of service to the City of Santa Maria and am proud of the accomplishments your council has achieved during that time. Thanks to the synergy between city staff and the City Council, we have made significant progress in the areas of affordable housing and homeless services. We have been prudent in handling your tax dollars while providing expanded and better services to all. I pledge to provide any support I can to your new City Council.
I feel that two terms is enough for anyone to make their footprint on an elected body. It is time to bring in fresh ideas and renewed energy. I also am looking forward to my next personal challenge, whatever that may be. Kathy and I will be spending more time with our children and grandchildren in Southern California but will always be Santa Marians at heart.
Boysen is no stranger to politics. In 2003, he was appointed to the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission. He was also appointed by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to represent Santa Maria and Northern Santa Barbara County on the Mission County Formation Commission. Following his four years of service on the County Planning Commission, Boysen served as Executive Assistant to the Fifth District County Supervisor.
Boysen, who has lived in Santa Maria for most of the last 35 years, was first elected to the City Council in 2010 and re-elected four years later. His current term expires in 2018.