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Longtime City Council member posts announcement on her website on Friday, April 5.

KOIN 6 NEWS - Commissioner Amanda FritzCommissioner Amanda Fritz announced Friday that she will not run for reelection to the Portland City Council in 2020.

In a statement posted to her city website on April 5, Fritz explained that she has "already accomplished many significant changes in ten years of service to the people of Portland."

"Now, I feel I've accomplished many of the things that have been in my power to get done. I plan to continue working flat out for the next 21 months, and I know I can't continue to do that for another four years beyond that," Fritz said.

Fritz said her accomplishments include paving the way for the Paid Sick Time initiative, championing fiscal responsibility, setting up Portland's recreational cannabis program, and passing a bond for urgent repairs to local parks.

Fritz went on to say that by the time 2020 rolls around, she will "have been in nurses training or working in public service for over 40 years."

Fritz had previously said she planned to leave City Hall at the end of 2016, but her plans changed after her husband was killed in a crash in 2014. Fritz has held the position of commissioner since 2008.

"When Steve was killed, I found myself in the company of many older Americans, especially women: I needed a job to maintain health insurance. And I needed motivation to get up in the morning," Fritz said. "Bereft of the love of my life, continuing to serve the people of Portland answered both needs. I greatly appreciate the support of Portlanders, in that nobody filed to run against me until a week before the deadline in 2016 and I was re-elected with 69% of the vote. I have worked hard to make sure your faith in me was rewarded."

Fritz said she plans to work "flat out for the next 21 months" to complete many current goals but she ultimately wants to "open the door for someone else to be the voice of Portlanders."

You can read Fritz's full statement here.

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