Lawrenceville City Councilmember Katie Hart Smith announced Thursday afternoon she will not be seeking re-election in November.
Smith was first elected to the council in November 2009. She said in a statement that she enjoyed her time on the council, but feels now is the time to leave and and work on other community endeavors.
“I believe in Lawrenceville and its citizens. There are so many good ideas and projects being initiated, and I have been honored to play a part," said Smith in a release. "I want all of our citizens to realize that it does not take a title to make a difference, and I promise to remain engaged in making our great city even better.”
Her achievements while in office include initiating the current economic development plan for the city and establishing the city’s first economic development committee. Smith was also elected to serve on the executive board of the Gwinnett Municipal Association. She also is the chair of the "CAN" Do campaign, which collects food for local food banks and co-ops.
“When I ran for office," said Smith, "I promised the citizens of Lawrenceville that I would bring common sense to the office as opposed to nonsense. I am proud of my individual accomplishments and the accomplishments we, as a city, have been able to attain.” She added, “I have made many friends and met many wonderful people while serving the citizens of Lawrenceville. My service has served to reinvigorate my belief in Lawrenceville and its great citizens. They are truly an asset to our community.”
Smith has not announced future political plans, but said she continue her career outside of politics in the health field and spend time with her family.