LOUISVILLE Ky. (WDRB) - Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh announced her retirement from the council in an email and Facebook post on Friday.

Ward-Pugh will serve through the end of her term in December 2014 and will not seek re-election next year.

Ward-Pugh is a Democrat who represents the council's 9th District, which includes Clifton, Crescent Hill and parts of St. Matthews.

Here is her email to constituents:


I am announcing today that I will not seek re-election as the Metro Council Representative for the Ninth District. Until then, I will continue to serve you, the Ninth District, and all of Louisville until my term expires in December of 2014.

It has been my privilege to serve the best interests of the citizens of this district and Metro Louisville. We have a great city and I am most proud of the opportunity I've had to increase the transparency and accountability of metro government, sustainability of our resources as well as the emphasis we've placed on valuing and including all of our citizens.

My best wishes to all of you as I focus on exploring what the next chapter of my life will bring and where I can continue to make a meaningful contribution to our community and our world.