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Ballston councilwoman won't seek re-election

Ballston councilwoman Kimberly Ireland announced Tuesday, Feb. 15, that after serving three years on the Ballston Town Council, she would not be seeking reelection.

\Since taking office in 2008, my professional and personal situation has changed considerably following the birth of our second daughter and making a career change. I truly believe that people can have it all, but maybe not all at once, said Ireland in an email. "Seeking re-election would not be fair to my family, my employer, or the town. It makes sense to have someone in this role who is better able to commit the necessary time to the issues facing the town."

Ireland wrote that the best part of serving the town of Ballston has been meeting members of the community, and to that end, she plans to remain involved in the community in some other way.

She also said she became increasingly frustrated with the "politics" involved with the running of the town.

"While I have enjoyed serving the residents of Ballston, I have also been frustrated over the impact that needless, divisive politics has had on town operations. There has been a lack of communications and direction from the supervisor's office that I do not believe has benefited the town," said Ireland. "This lack of leadership from the top has ill prepared our town for the days to come. We are a small town with so many wonderful attributes that political posturing and agendas should not be an obstacle to good governing.""

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