Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, 54, announced he will not seek re-election once his current term expires.

Bonin has represented the 11th district of Los Angeles since 2013, taking the seat of Bill Rosendahl, who did not seek a third term re-election after receiving a cancer diagnosis.

“After a lot of thought and a lot of prayer, and a lot of consultation with ky family, I have decided not to seek re-election to Los Angeles City Council,” Bonin said in a YouTube video, Wednesday. “This is a very tough decision for me. This is a very personal decision for me. It’s one I’ve struggle with and I have wrestled with a lot over the last couple days.”

Citing a personal decision to deal with mental health issues, Bonin said the choice was not a political one.

“Over the last couple of years, this job has demanded that I focus my time and my energy onto the negative… instead of creating the positive,” Bonin said. “That has taken a toll on me physically, emotionally and spiritually… it’s time for me to recharge.”

Bonin went on to highlight moments he saw as victories in his time, such as raising the minimum wage and approving homeless housing and services.

As a councilman, Bonin has shared his past lived experience with homelessness. Bonin said he will still pursue ways to be involved with unhoused issues in the city–as well as other issues he feels passionate about.

He added that he does not plan to slow down or take a back seat on current issues in his remaining time on the council.

LA Weekly