Minutes ago, Rockville City Councilmember John Hall announced he will not seek reelection this fall.
In an emotional speech, Hall thanked his family, supporters, residents and city staff for the opportunity to serve the public. Hall said every one of his colleagues on the council has the city's "best interests" at heart, even if they disagree on certain issues.
Hall encouraged fellow citizens to rise to the occasion, and run for the city council. There is still time to file for office.
He mentioned the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO) specifically, when discussing the issues he looks forward to addressing in the remainder of his term.
One suspects this announcement will increase public interest in the plans of former councilmember Anne Robbins for the election. Robbins has been expected to run this year.
With Hall out, the balance of the council could shift on one seat. A Phyllis Marcuccio-Bridget Newton-Anne Robbins trifecta would continue a 3-2 bloc against accelerated development across the city.
The Team Rockville slate favors a more aggressive approach to development, and has 5 members.
That equation could encourage one or more city activists to enter the race, now that Hall has bowed out.