Erie City Councilman David Brennan said he will not seek re-election in a news release sent to Erie News Now Sunday night.

Brennan said he made the decision, so he can dedicate more time with family and his increased work responsibilities. He is the director of the Erie office of Bostwick Design Partnership.

The councilman said he ran for office five years ago because "he deeply cares about the future of his hometown and wanted to do all he could to help move our city forward." Brennan said the position allowed him to contribute his education and experience in architecture, planning, zoning, real estate and development.

During his term, Brennan said he provided assistance and guidance to neighborhood groups, designed the Erie 9-11 Memorial and served on the fundraising committee for the project, and provided planning and grant writing help for the dog park at McClelland Park. He also served as the co-founder of the Preservation Happy Hour and Eastside Opportunity Corridor. The councilman says he also sponsored resolutions to allow urban agriculture on vacant lots, require a "public benefit" to increase waterfront public access for the Bayfront Convention Center Hotel project, and adopt a demolition delay ordinance and create a historic review committee. He also participated in effort to develop the city's comprehensive plan, create an alternate master plan for the former GAF site, and provided planning for the Erie Lightway project.

Brennan served as City Council President during his term. He was also a past member and chair of the Planning Commission and past member of the Blighted Property Review Committee.

Brennan said he considered his service on City Council as a civic duty, not a longtime position.