MILTON, Ga. — Milton city councilmember Karen Thurman has announced she will not seek re-election for her post, District 1, Post 1, in the Nov. 7 general election, citing health and family reasons. She has served on the City Council since Milton’s incorporation in 2006.
“After much prayer and deliberation, I have decided not to pursue re-election to the Milton City Council this November,” Thurman said in a statement. “Ultimately, my decision was based on needing a break to work on my health, my family and my business.”
Thurman said she is still dealing with overcoming breast cancer three years ago and has aging family members which influenced her decision.
Thurman called her time with the city, including prior to its incorporation, a “labor of love” and said it has been an honor and privilege to serve the city and its residents.
“I love our city and am very proud of everything we have accomplished,” she said in the statement. “I have always committed my time and efforts to achieve what I felt were the most important priorities for our residents. “
“While working on the incorporation efforts back in 2006, I could not have imagined all that we have been able to accomplish in less than 11 years,” the statement said.
The sense of community created in Milton has been what she has enjoyed most in her time with the city, she said.
Thurman said she will continue to serve Milton’s residents, just in a different capacity.
In regards to future plans, Thurman said, “Right now I’m just waiting to see what God wants me to do.”
With Thurman deciding not to seek re-election, Planning Commission Chair Peyton Jamison is currently running unopposed for the District 1, Post 1 seat on the City Council.