Jan. 7, 2019: Northampton, Mass., City Council President Ryan O’Donnell announced on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, that he does not plan to run for re-election after he finishes his third term in office in 2020. O'Donnell made the announcement on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in a short press release. “I have known for a while that I only wanted to serve three terms, and I decided that the beginning of a new year would a good time to let everyone know my plans,” O'Donnell said in the statement. “I am proud of what I have done on the City Council and look forward to the year ahead.” O'Donnell was first elected in 2013 to represent Ward 3 on the City Council, and in 2016 he won a special election for an At-Large seat on the City Council. His colleagues unanimously appointed him as the City Council President. In March, 2018, O'Donnell announced that he would run for the First Hampshire District State Representative seat left vacant after the death of Rep. Peter Kocot, Northampton Democrat, in February, 2018. But after State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg resigned in May, 2018, O'Donnell launched a write-in campaign for election in the Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester State Senate district--a race that was ultimately won by fellow write-in candidate Jo Comerford.