Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin announced he will be leaving local politics after three decades spent in elected service, making the announcement at Monday’s city council meeting.
Colleagues and staff rendered a rousing ovation after he delivered a statement relative to his past service and future plans.
“Every four years since 1985 I have been early in line to take out papers to stand for election to the City Council,” he told the assembled. “To my good fortune, the voters have been gracious enough to elect me each time.
“This year will be different. At this time, I am not planning to run for re-election. I have not made an appointment to see Ms. Robbins at 9 a.m. next Monday when the filing period begins.
“I am thankful for a long-career as a Council member and Mayor. At the end of my term I will have served on the Council for a third of a century, two-thirds of the City’s existence as an incorporated community, and for half of my life. If I could make a mark on Lafayette, I had the opportunity to do so…”