Councilman Bob Holbrook, the longest serving councilmember in the City’s history, will officially retire as of this year.
Holbrook said he relishes his time working for the city but he feels it’s time to focus on other areas of his life.
“I really have enjoyed my 24 years on the City Council. I love Santa Monica but I just feel it’s my time, my life is a little bit different now, I have four grand-children and the oldest is 3-years-old,” he said. “Things that are fun and exciting are happening later in my life and I’d like to have more time for family and friends and the like.”
Prior to joining the City Council in 1990, Holbrook spent eight years as a member of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education. At 72 years old, he said 32 consecutive years of political service was enough for him and that the decision to retire was entirely based on his preferences.
“I’ve seen polls and I’m confident I could win a seat,” he said. “It’s not about that, it’s about what I want to do with the time I have left.”
He said he has become involved with Bobby Shriver’s campaign for supervisor and for the remainder of this political season, he will put his energy into his friend’s campaign.
“I’m more interested in his political future than I would be for my reelection,” he said. “If Bobby is fortunate enough to be elected, I might volunteer with him and I’d be happy to do some things with him.”
Holbrook said he also plans to endorse candidates for City Council but he is waiting to see how the field shakes out. He said traditionally, Santa Monicans for Renters Rights endorsements have carried a lot of weight and the organization has driven some candidates out. However, the lack of a SMRR endorsement this year has made the entire election process more complicated. Holbrook is the only member of the city council not currently endorsed by SMRR.
Had Holbrook chosen to run, the nomination period for the November election would have closed on Aug. 8. However, the nomination period will now be extended to Aug. 13.
So far Whitney Scott Bain, Phil Brock, Michael Alan Feinstein, Frank Gruber, Sue L. Himmelrich, Jennifer Kennedy, Kevin McKeown, Richard McKinnon, Pam O’Connor, Jerry Ruben, Nick Boles, Jon Mann, Terence Later, Jessica Miller, George George and Zoe Muntaner have pulled papers to run. Brock, Himmelrich, Kennedy, McKeown, McKinnon and Ruben have qualified for the ballot. Ken Robin pulled papers but has withdrawn.