Ward 1 Councilman Tim Rush, now serving in his second term as Ward 1 councilman, announced last night he would not seek re-election in November.
In a prepared statement, Rush said he was “pursuing other interests.”
“It’s been a pleasure to serve,” Rush said, as other council members gave him a round of applause. Rush joked he was certain there were a few people out there who would be glad to hear he was not seeking re-election.
Councilman Larry Meiners said he often consulted Rush on issues.
"Tim and I came on the same time and he's been a sounding board for me," Meiners said. "Having served with him for seven years, his departure will be missed."
Contacted this morning, Rush said he definitely wants to remain active in the community and hinted there may be other public offices he may consider running for.
“I’m looking at options,” he said, but would not specify what seat he would seek.
He also said remaining involved in Avon Lake is important.
“I want to remain involved whether it’s through my church or other areas,” he said.
The fiscally conservative Rush, who owns two Avon Lake-based businesses, said one standout achievement on council was seeingmove forward. He acknowledged it took the work of numerous people but was glad to see the property, stagnant for years, move forward into one of the city’s most active parks.
In the 2006 election, Rush ran for re-election unopposed. Due to a filing glitch, he was forced to run as a write in candidate and received 133 votes.