City Councilwoman Lisa Czelatdko, an outspoken council member who has butted heads with Mayor Steve Bach, won’t seek another term in the April municipal election.
That’s according to Keith King, a former state senator and state representative who is running for council District 3.
On his website, King said the District 3 seat is open because Czelatdko is “not running.”
“Lisa told Keith that she wasn’t running,” said Daniel Cole, who is King’s campaign manager.
Czelatdko was coy last week when asked whether she would seek re-election.
“I’m going to have an announcement out by Feb. 6,” she said, referring to the last day to turn in nominating petitions.
When told that the word on the street was that she wasn’t going to run again, Czelatdko said: “Yeah, I’ve heard that.”
Here’s what observers believed was another sign that Czelatdko won’t run again: County Commissioner Sallie Clark, a Czelatdko ally, is on King’s advisory council, according to his website.
However, Clark clarified Tuesday night that she had served on King’s advisory council when he was in the Legislature and that she was unlikely to endorse any of the candidates. Clark asked the King campaign to immediately remove her name from King’s website.
“While I served as a small-business owner on Keith’s sounding board when he was in the Legislature, I am not currently serving on his advisory council for the District 3 city race,” she said on Facebook.
“I’ve appreciated the opportunity to meet with each of the District 3 candidates to talk about Westside issues and informed each of them that I do not expect to endorse any specific candidate,” Clark added.