Vice mayor Scott Foster announced Wednesday that he will not seek a third term on the Williamsburg City Council.
In a emailed statement, Foster, whose current term expires June 30, said he ran for office in 2010 with goals to improve the relationship between the city and the College of William and Mary, and work to reinvigorate downtown.
Foster was the first William and Mary student to be elected to city council.
He said currently, the city and college work together on a range of issues — neighborhood health, economic development, emergency services and infrastructure and land use planning — while in downtown, there are vibrant new businesses, restaurants, and residences, as well as new and renovated commercial development and public infrastructure.
“We have made great progress to improve our quality of life and that will only continue,” Foster said.
He credited past and present colleagues, including Clyde Haulman, current mayor Paul Freiling, Judy Knudson and councilman Doug Pons for providing him mentorship, support and friendship. He praised current council members Barbara Ramsey and Benny Zhang for bringing new energy and life experiences that continue to move the city forward.
Zhang, who is the second-ever William and Mary student to be elected to city council, praised Foster’s tenure.
"Scott Foster showed our city that it was possible for anyone of its residents to have a meaningful impact,” Zhang said in a statement. “During his time on City Council, he has led with character and purpose. I am honored to have worked with him and look forward to serving with him during his remaining time on council."
Foster, an associate attorney with Tarley Robinson PLC in Williamsburg, also offered praise for city staff, and said he will stay in the city and enjoy some personal time with his family while focusing on his career.
“My next chapter is simple: Williamsburg is home. I will continue to be involved in the community, focusing on my professional life, working on our house, and enjoying more time with my wife Liz, and our dog, June,” Foster said. “After spending eight years working to make this a better place to live, I look forward to enjoying it.”
Two seats on Williamsburg City Council will be up for election this May — Foster’s and that of Doug Pons. Ted Maslin, a project manager for Riverside Health System, announced Feb. 5 that he would seek one of the two at-large seats on council.