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Martinsville Mayor decides not to run for re-election to city council

Martinsville Mayor Gene Teague said Wednesday he will not be running for re-election this fall. (@CourtnyJodonTV)

Martinsville Mayor Gene Teague said Wednesday he will not be running for re-election this fall.

There are two seats available on city council in the November election, but Teague said he has decided to give someone else a chance to be on the board.

He's been serving on city council for 21 years and four of those have been as mayor.

Teague's term ends December 31st.

"I am going to stay involved in the community," Teague said. "I've been born and raised here; lived here pretty much all of my life so I'll still be involved in other ways and I'm involved on other boards and commissions now, but I'll continue to do some of that stuff... in other angles."

Teague said he plans to work more with non-profits and church-based activities in the future.

Three candidates are running for the two seats on city council.

Council member Sharon Brooks Hodge decided to resign last month to move to Atlanta.

Council members will soon decide if they will hold a special election to fill her seat, or appoint someone.

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