City Councilor Patty Thomas has announced she won’t run for re-election.
Thomas represents District 2, and has served as city councilor since 2001. Her announcement came Monday in a news release.
“My decision to retire from public office was far from an easy one,” she wrote. “On one hand, we all have a one-way trip in life and there are many experiences I would like to enjoy. On the other hand, by next March when I step down, I will have had the privilege to represent and work for the people of my district for over 23 years.”
Thomas has spent more time in office than in her career with U.S. West, from which she retired in 1990. She served three terms as a Sandoval County commissioner before winning election to the Rio Rancho Governing Body.
“There are many accomplishments of which I am especially proud,” Thomas wrote.
Thomas was the first woman to become chairperson of the Sandoval County Commission, holding the position twice. The first time was in 1995, when the commission approved an $8 billion bond deal to allow Intel to continue operating in Rio Rancho.
Also, Thomas said she is proud to have been part of bringing UNM West and the two new hospitals to Rio Rancho.
She also mentioned being involved in getting equipment for the police and fire departments; improving roads, schools, libraries and the senior center; completing Star Heights Recreation Center and bringing Walmart to the intersection of Southern and Unser boulevards.
“I have enjoyed and will miss serving the people of District 2 and Rio Rancho, but it is time for me to move on,” Thomas wrote.