Verna's statement on why she is retiring

Here is Council President Anna Verna's statement on why she is not seeking re-election.



Monday, January 24, 2011

Contact: Anne Kelly King – 215-686-2079 (

Council President Verna Announces Decision Not To Seek Re-election

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Council President Anna C. Verna today announced that she has decided to retire at the end of this term and not to seek re-election. She released the following statement:

“After much personal deliberation, I have reached a decision regarding whether or not I will seek another term in City Council and as its President.

This has not been an easy decision for me, or one that I have taken lightly. For all of my adult life, serving the people of Philadelphia and especially my beloved Second District has been my way of life and my passion. When I was a young child, my father taught me by example that public service was indeed an honorable profession and one that would provide the unique satisfaction that comes from helping those in need. For many years my late husband, Sevy, and I worked hand-in-hand for the betterment of our community. This has been my life’s work, so it has been a most difficult decision that I have made. However, I have decided not to seek another term in City Council.

I could not announce this decision without expressing my sincere thanks to my dedicated staff who I know work tirelessly, under difficult and often thankless conditions for the constituents they serve. Of course, I also thank my City Council colleagues, both past and present, with whom I have shared an enjoyable and deeply rewarding career. I would also like to thank Mayor Nutter and his predecessors for their courtesy and kindness over the years.

Most of all, however, I express my deep gratitude to the great people of the Second District for placing their trust in me these many years. Your constant friendship and support have meant so much to me and have sustained me in good times and bad. We should take justifiable pride in knowing that by working together we have been able to accomplish great things, one individual project and block at a time.

Throughout my career I have always sought to bring people together to improve the lives of my constituents and all the people of our city. In making this announcement, I pledge that I will continue to work with all of you in our quest for an even better Philadelphia.”

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