FLEMINGTON, NJ - Flemington Borough Councilman Michael Harris has announced he will not be seeking re-election in the 2020 elections.
Harris was elected to the borough council in 2017 as an Independent.
"With much consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election this year, and instead look forward to information from the party-sponsored candidates," he said in a statement.
Harris said in his statement that Flemington Borough is a wonderful community, full of potential.
"For me, this has been public service," he said. "It started with an education campaign. I have never considered myself a politician."
"In 2017, residents were eager for information, and many invited me into their homes and welcomed answers to their questions," he added. "I share my ideas, rationale and vision with consistency, not parsing out different messaging to seek approval."
Harris said disagreement is healthy and promotes better decisions for the borough. In 2018, he said, he identified key points for negotiating the Main Street redevelopment.
"The Flemington Democratic Committee then wrote that I have 'Flemington's best interest as my primary concern,'" he said. "In 2019, I had the honor of service as council president during Betsy Driver's first year as mayor. It was a challenging year for the borough council."
Harris said he wishes the other candidates well.
"The candidates will now need to define how they will lead, and I wish them well," he said.
In this year's primary elections, Republican incumbent Kimberly A. Tilly is running with former councilman Marc D. Hain for the Republican nominations to run for two open three-year seats on the borough council. For the Democratic nomination, Malik Johnston and Elizabeth Rosetti are running for the two open seats.
Those running as Independents are required to submit petitions by primary election day, July 7.