Holgate ward Labour councillor Mary Cannon has confirmed her decision to step down in May following a four year term serving on City of York Council.
Cllr. Cannon moved to York a few years ago with previous experience serving as a Labour councillor, and has undertaken a wide range of roles since her election here in 2015. She has chosen to stand down to be able to spend more time with her grandchildren and to enjoy her retirement.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on the council serving residents in Holgate and in some ways will be sad to go. I might have managed another couple of years but being unable to commit to another four, it’s right that I go in 2019.
“It has been quite an experience, in all sorts of ways! The York Central development looms large on the horizon and I’m confident my Labour colleagues will continue to hold both the council and the partnership to account in pushing for this crucial development to be something that York can be proud of and that will stand the test of time.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank those officers and councillors I’ve been able to work constructively with since 2015, and wish them luck for the future”.
Labour Group Leader, Coun. Janet Looker praised Coun. Cannon for her dependability, saying:
“Mary has been a mainstay these past four years and has made an enormous contribution to the Labour Group. She has led us in the area of health and adult social care as well as being Chair of the Group, and more recently has taken on Chair of the council’s Audit and Governance Committee.
“Mary is passionate about those traditional Labour values of fairness, equality of opportunity and support for the most needy, values she has always placed front and centre in all that she has done. She has been a pleasure to work with and will be sorely missed. I wish her a happy retirement from the council and hope she will remain with us in spirit when she stands down. In the meantime, she will have a busy few months before she is able to put her feet up”.