Barrington Town Council President June Speakman will not run for re-election this year.
Her 10 years on the council “is long enough," Speakman said.
There are a lot of other highly qualified people in Barrington who can fill her seat, she said.
“I do hope that other people will run,” said Speakman, a political science professor at Roger Williams University.
Speakman may not be retiring from politics, however. The Democrat said Wednesday that she might finally run for the General Assembly, something she has been thinking about for a few years.
“I’m thinking about it,” she said. “But I have not declared yet. I have to talk it over with my family first. But I do have an interest.”
If Speakman decides to run, she said, it will not be against Rep. Joy Hearn. The Rhode Island Senate seat held by longtime Barrington Sen. David Bates is the one she would run for, she said.
“I was under the impression he was retiring this year,” Speakman said of the Republican.
That does not appear to be the situation now, she said. And Bates would be a formidable foe given his popularity and track record.
Speakman said she would not be running against Bates, though.
“I see it as running for a seat in the Senate,” she said, “not against Dave.”
Speakman said she anticipates making a decision on her political future in about a week. Candidates do not have to file their declaration papers and begin collecting signatures until June for the November election.