George Segarini, elected to the Sonora City Council more than three years ago in a June 2014 primary election, announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in 2018.

Segarini cited his age and recent medical issues. He is 75 and has a birthday next month.

“The decision is based on the fact I will be 76 years old this coming January and a lot of little medical issues have cumulatively made me decide that continuing on the council might not be good for either the city or myself,” Segarini said in a statement circulated Wednesday morning.

Segarini also said working with his son and daughter-in-law at the City Hotel Restaurant in Columbia takes some of his time these days.

“If I feel I can’t give 100 percent to the council job, I won’t do it,” Segarini said. As he grows older, he said, he thinks “there should be some younger minds to look toward the future of Sonora.”

Segarini said he is proud of his three-and-a-half years on the council, and he said he felt like many positive things were achieved.

“I will miss all the friends and colleagues I have come into contact with over the years,” Segarini said. “I will continue to follow the city’s and county’s work on economic development and I feel downtown Sonora continues to be a vibrant and great place to do business. I encourage anyone who has thoughts about the future of Sonora (to) make an effort to become a council member.”

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