Lili Stahler won’t seek third term
By Dwayne Bremer
Jan 14, 2014, 18:30
Waveland Ward One Alderman Lili Stahler announced Monday that she will not seek a third term this fall during the city's municipal elections.
"It has been an enormous privilege to serve the city for the past eight years," Stahler said Monday. "I am a believer in term limits. It's been an interesting eight years, for sure. Now, I think it is time to step aside and let someone else with new ideas have their time."
After Hurricane Katrina, Stahler became very active in her ward and in the community when she began mailing out a newsletter and attending board of aldermen meetings.
In 2006, she was elected as alderman, running as an Independent.
"It was a tremendous learning curve the first four years, she said. "Not only was I new, but we were faced with the challenges of rebuilding the city. In 2010, I ran again because I thought I could use what I learned to further help the city."
Stahler said she is proud of many things she has done over the past eight years, including becoming the first certified public official in the city.
"I think me being the first certified public official set a good example," she said. "Now, all of the aldermen and the mayor are certified."
Stahler said she will continue to work hard until her term is up this December.
"This year, I am going to try to finish some things on my bucket list," she said. "There are a few projects I would like to see completed before I leave office."
One of those items is the new Katrina Museum on Coleman Avenue.
"I am very proud of the Katrina museum and I hope to continue working with that even after I leave office," she said.
"I worked for the public before I was elected and I will continue to do so after I leave. I have learned a new respect for government over the past eight years and I do not have any regrets."