Volusia County Councilwoman Heather Post announced on Friday, March 4, that she has withdrawn from the council's at-large representative race and will not seek another term in public office in the 2022 elections.
She informed the public of her decision via her Facebook page, stating that the decision was made "after much discussion, careful consideration, and reflection on my many years of service to Volusia County."
"This has not been a decision made or taken lightly and it has weighed heavily on me," Post wrote. "I have spoken with my family and those closest to me and know in my heart it is the best decision for me in this chapter of my life."
Post was first elected to the council in 2017 and in 2020, re-elected for a second two-year term. As the representative for District 4, she represents the residents of Ormond Beach, Ormond-by-the-Sea, Holly Hill and surrounding unincorporated areas, as well as portions of Daytona Beach, DeLand and DeLeon Springs.
In late November 2021, Post announced that she planned to run for the at-large seat on the council.
In her recent announcement, she expressed that it was an honor to represent citizens in her district, but that she never had intentions to run for higher office or for politics to be her life-long career. She continued that she wanted to announce her withdrawal now to give "plenty of time for others who care for the community strongly enough to put people before politics and know they can make a difference to enter the race where they see fit."
But her announcement also acknowledged that her time on the council hasn't been without conflict.
"Finally, I am so grateful to my adversaries and those who have opposed me, sabotaging meetings, being deeply horrible people to gain favor elsewhere, spreading lies, encouraging stalkers, and worst, purposefully making decisions detrimental to the citizens and the future of Volusia County just to be able to 'go against' what I advocate for," she wrote. "I have learned so much from them and it is through these battles that my positions, beliefs and tenacity have been re-affirmed and are now stronger than ever. I have worked tenaciously to stand up for so many in the community and within the county administration whose voices are sadly ignored and I will continue to do so."
She will serve until her term expires on Dec. 31.