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South Boston councilman bows out of re-election


South Boston Councilman Morris Bryant announced Monday he would not seek re-election to a third four-year term on council, citing health issues as a key reason for his stepping down.


“I’ve had two health issues that have caused me to miss probably almost a year, and I think that’s been somewhat unfair to council,” explained Bryant.

“I think it’s time now to step aside and let some new blood come on council.

“It’s been agonizing making this decision, and I enjoyed being on council, and I thank you all for the collaborative way we’ve worked together.

“I want to express to town staff my genuine thanks for helping me.  You’ve held my hand a lot of times and have taught me a lot, and I appreciate it.”

“Under the leadership of Ted (Daniel), I think we’ve made tremendous progress,” Bryant continued.

“These two operations have been tough, but I feel pretty good, and I think we have enough good leadership in South Boston to step up and continue.

“I will miss it, I enjoyed working with you, and I appreciate the citizens of South Boston giving me this opportunity,” he concluded.

“We thank you for your service, and you’ve done a great job,” said Mayor Carroll Thackston, who added he spoke for council as a whole.

Bryant joined first-term councilman Mark Morris in announcing their decision not to seek another term on council, while Council person Connie Manning announced Friday she would seek another term.

Thackston also has announced his intention to seek another term as mayor of South Boston.