Lynchburg Mayor Joan Foster announces departure from city council

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Lynchburg Mayor Joan Foster will leave city council after 16 years.

After much speculation about her future, Foster announced Monday afternoon that she will not seek a fifth term on city council in the May 2018 election. Her current term ends June 30.

Foster was first elected to Lynchburg City Council in 2002. She has served two terms as mayor, from 2006 until 2012 and from 2016 until present.

When asked if she would run for a higher office, Foster responded: “I’m not saying that today, but I’m not saying I’m retiring. I’m saying that I’m here to serve this community in any way that I can.”

Foster says she will now focus on the Lynchburg Beacon of Hope – an organization that helps city school students to pursue a post-secondary education.