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Olshefski not seeking second term with Huntsville City Council

John Olshefski (Source: City of Huntsville) John Olshefski (Source: City of Huntsville)

Huntsville City Councilman John Olshefski will not seek a second term as the representative for District 3. He made the announcement at a special news conference held Wednesday at City Hall.

Olshefski says concerns voiced about him holding a city office while working for a city-owned utility, lead to the decision. He says he does not take those concerns lightly which is why he will not seek re-election.

Olshefski came under fire when he was named Vice President of Customer Care for Huntsville Utilities in March.

The South Huntsville Civic Association called for his resignation, while Senator Paul Sanford lodged an ethics complaint against him.

Olshefski says his decision not to seek re-election was difficult, but it has nothing to do with the ethics complaint or those calls for resignation.

"This is not the end. I still have 14 months left and I am going to complete my term. That's what the folks in south Huntsville elected me to do. I will continue to work in the community's best interest, as long as I am blessed with the opportunity to do so," said Olshefski during Wednesday's news conference.

The ethics complaint has not yet been resolved. The Alabama Ethics Commission is still working to make an official ruling on whether the issue is a conflict of interest.

Olshefski was elected to the City Council in 2010.

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