Sacramento councilwoman won’t seek re-election

A version of this story originally appeared Monday on Snog

North Sacramento representative Sandy Sheedy has decided she won’t seek re-election, after 12 years on the Sacramento City Council.

She’ll retire when her term ends in November, rather than run this spring, saying she’s tired of missing out on travel with her husband, former county supervisor Ted Sheedy.

Sheedy has shepherded through a host of blight-fighting projects in her district, including five new public parks, a new fire station and a makeover of Del Paso Boulevard.

She’s been loved and loathed for her clashes with Mayor Kevin Johnson. She was an early supporter of the mayor, but soon grew disillusioned. Sheedy recently lost the endorsement of the Sacramento Police Officers Association to opponent Kim Mack, and would be facing former city councilman Rob Kerth, along with Ben Ali, neighborhood association president Sondra Betancourt, and developer Allen Warren.

But Sheedy said her retirement had nothing to do with the prospect of a tough re-election fight. “To me, this is a really weak field. … I would win the seat.