Raleigh council member stepping down

July 13, 2009 7:17:00 AM PDT
One of Raleigh's best-known local politicians is stepping down, at least for now. Philip Isley announced Monday morning he will not seek re-election to his Raleigh City Council seat. Isley, the lone Republican on the Raleigh City Council, served four terms beginning in 2001. He has often been the lone dissenting vote in issues, frequently disagreeing with his fellow council members about the spending of taxpayer money.

Isley is currently the co-chair of the Law and Public Safety Committee.

He is a managing partner of the law firm Boyce and Isley, located on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Isley told Eyewitness News Monday he is not sure what his next move will be politically.

Isley released the following statement regading his decisions:

"After a great deal of thoughtful consideration and conversations with my friends and my family, I have decided not to run for any seat on the Raleigh City Council. It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the Raleigh City Council and represent the wonderful people in District E for the past eight years. However, at this point in my life, it is only fair to my family and my law practice to take a hiatus from elected office and focus on the important areas in my life. I have thoroughly enjoyed working for the many people who live in District E, and I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished together -- albeit at times, I wish we could have accomplished more. In my eight years on Council, I believe I instilled a common sense and practical approach to ensuring that Raleigh remains a great place to live, work and play while keeping our taxes low.

I am extremely grateful for all of the support from my constituents and others throughout Raleigh during my four terms on the Council. Notwithstanding my decision today, this is merely a sabbatical from politics and I will more than likely run for elected office again in the future. The Council has my full support and I will be available should I be needed at some point."

Bonner Gaylord, the general manager of North Hills in Raleigh and a member of the Raleigh Planning Commission, filed paperwork Friday to run for city council in District E, the seat Isley has held for eight years.

He is the only person to have filed for the seat. The filing period ends Friday, July 17th.


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