Last week, Mayor Rosemary Waldorf announced she would not seek a fourth two-year term as mayor of Chapel Hill, and several council members have decided to run for other offices or not at all.
"I think I've been there long enough," Waldorf said. "I think it's important for people to do their duty, make their contribution and then move on."
Waldorf said recent town-gown relations, though stressful, have not played a factor in her decision.
"It's nothing complicated," she said. "I'm just personally ready to do something different."
Shortly after Waldorf's announcement, council member Lee Pavao put his name in the mayoral race and then, last Friday, council member Kevin Foy added his.
Pavao, a retired advertising executive, has been on the council for eight years and now serves as the mayor pro tem.
Foy also ran for mayor in 1995 but lost to Waldorf. He won a post on the Town Council in the 1997, but his four-year term will expire in December.
Foy has talked of putting a cap of the amount of money to be spent on the mayoral race, suggesting $10,000.
"There's a certain amount of money that's reasonable in a town of this size," Foy said. "Money is not, and should not, be a decisive factor of who gets elected in Chapel Hill."