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Councilwoman won't run for reelection

For Ballston Councilwoman Kim Ireland, enough is enough.

Between holding a full-time job at National Grid, raising two daughters, 2 and 5, and serving on the Ballston Town Board, Ireland said there was too much on her plate to devote the time and energy each responsibility deserved and announced she would not be running for 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. "Seeking re-election would not be fair to my family, my employer, or the town."

When her 2-year-old asked her if she was going to a meeting one night after dinner, Ireland said she knew she couldn't continue the hectic life she'd been leading as a town board member the past three years. She said her decision not to seek reelection at the end of her term is what's best for her family and the town of Ballston.

"I know and recognize the fact that the town will have challenges going forward. We have a lot of development currently on the books," said Ireland.

Ireland said GlobalFoundries will not only going to change Malta but have an impact on the whole Capital District. With Ballston being the next town over, Ireland said there needs to be people on the board that have the time and energy to tackle whatever may arise as a result.

"There's going to be other development pressure coming in and we need people that will be on the board that can really dive into the issues and make sure our town is well prepared and able to respond to these issues," said Ireland. "Right now between work and family, I just do not believe I can meet the time requirements that the town deserves."

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