Cambridge Mayor and longtime city councilor Henrietta Davis announced Monday that she will not seek re-election this fall.
Davis, 68, has served 18 years on the city council and was elected mayor by the council in February of 2012, but in a letter today she said she is “putting away” her yard signs and “leaving the campaign events to others.”
“I’m grateful to the voters of Cambridge who have given me the opportunity to serve, to have a career through which I could follow my passion, and make a difference locally and beyond,” Davis said. “With six more months as Mayor, I look forward to serving the rest of the term, fully engaged.”
As mayor, Davis chairs the City Council, makes appointments to the council’s subcommittees, and serves as the chair of the Cambridge School Committee.
Her announcement comes as nomination papers to run for city council or the School Committee became available from the Cambridge Election Commission on July 1. The deadline to file nomination papers is July 31 at 5 p.m. and the municipal election will be held on Nov. 5.
Prior to her 18 years on the City Council, Davis also served eight years on the School Committee. She thanked her constituents in her letter, but said the time is coming for her to move in a new direction. Davis said she will continue fighting for equity and opportunity for all Cambridge citizens and working to make sure it continues to become a healthy, sustainable place.
“I will miss walking up and down our beautiful streets and the face-to-face meetings with Cambridge residents at their homes and hearing their ideas and concerns,” Davis said.