City Councilman Eugene Brown announced Thursday that he will not run for re-election this year.
Brown, who is in his third four-year council term, made the announcement at the start of a 64-item council work session.
Though he is leaving, he said he is “not a lame duck.”
“I will remain involved and active in the work of the council until my term is over in December.”
Brown, 71, is one of three at-large council members with terms expiring this year. Incumbents Diane Catotti and Steve Schewel have not announced whether they will run again. Candidate filing for the city election opens July 6.
“During the past 12 years my hair has turned white in service to my hometown,” Brown said. “I cannot promise in good faith to citizens of Durham that I can continue to deliver ... the energy, stamina and attention this position deserves.”
Mayor Bill Bell said he was sorry to learn of Brown’s decision, “but I understand what you said.”