Vice Mayor Povlin will not seek re-election from North Ward
After much prayerful consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election for a second term as alderman representing the North Ward in the Town of Farragut in the upcoming election in August.
I reached this difficult decision due to personal circumstances. My husband’s career has taken him out of state, and while I do not wish to relocate, I do wish to see him more often than every other weekend.
With my youngest son due to graduate high school in May, I will have more opportunities to visit my husband. I do not believe I can conduct the duties of alderman/vice mayor to my standards while spending so much time out of state.
It has been an honor to serve my community. I was able to connect with so many citizens and neighborhood representatives. Based on those relationships, I was able to advocate for changes in policies, regulations and ordinances to help our community continue to evolve and thrive as a desirable place to live.
Additionally, I have been able to advocate for capital projects in the North Ward that provide for improved conditions for pedestrian and vehicular traffic, as well as advocating for investments to shore up our stormwater infrastructure.
Just as importantly, I have worked to strengthen the relationship with our schools and to strengthen our support and retention efforts for our small businesses.
I want to thank my fellow board members. It has been an honor to work with all of you. All of us serve and volunteer for one reason: we love the Town of Farragut.
And while we have disagreed from time to time, I have never doubted that we all want the same thing: a beautiful, close-knit, connected community where families and businesses thrive.
In particular, I wish to sincerely thank Mayor Ron Williams, who has worked tirelessly to advocate for Farragut.
I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Town of Farragut staff. The people who work to execute the policies of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen are incredibly talented and consummate professionals. They work under conditions that, at times, can be very trying. David Smoak, our Town administrator, has established an incredible work environment where they feel supported. The Town of Farragut is well served by the talents of this dedicated group of people.
In closing, please know that I will continue to serve the Town of Farragut as a private citizen. I have a passion for strengthening our community through our schools and our senior center.
Additionally, I want to explore how we can begin to actively recruit small businesses to our Town.
Farragut Vice Mayor Louise Povlin
North Ward Alderman