Auburn Mayor Bill Ham will not seek re-election after 20 years in office

Auburn Mayor Bill Ham will not seek re-election after 20 years in office
Published: May. 28, 2018 at 1:47 PM EDT|Updated: May. 28, 2018 at 2:20 PM EDT
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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn Mayor Bill Ham has announced he will not seek re-election.

Mayor Ham made his announcement Monday morning at the annual Memorial Day Breakfast.

He has been in office for 20 years and served the city on council for 32 years.

"Honestly I had this decision made about 4 years ago," Ham told News Leader 9's Parker Branton. "It's been incredibly humbling over the years, but it's time for a change."

Since 1998, Ham at the helm for the city of Auburn. He says despite encouragement for the community to go another round he feels it's time for a new chapter in his life.

"I'm 64 years old, I've got grandkids, and I've got a few fish to fry, if you will. Some things I would really like to get done both business wise and family wise," said Ham.

Ham succeeded mayor Jan Dempsey, and has served five terms. Prior to the mayor service Ham was on city council for 12 years. Totaling 32 years of service for the city of Auburn.

The long-time mayor noting the city's accomplishments through the years, revitalizing Auburn parking and adding new industry.

"We've got great school systems, we've got great quality of life, we are in the midst of some initiatives to improve recreation and a number of other things," Ham told Branton.

Ham said he owes many thanks to the community and his family for the many years of support.

"I'm very proud of where the community is but as I mentioned earlier in the day I truly believe the best is yet to come," said Ham.

The election for Auburn mayor will be held in August. News Leader 9 will keep you updated on candidates who seek the office.

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