HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The Huntsville City Council might undergo a shakeup in 2014. Rumors are swirling District 3 Councilman John Olshefski will not be seeking re-election next year.
"We have had multiple sources inform us that Councilmen Olshefski has not planned to run for re-election in 2014," said David Pinkleton, Vice President of the South Huntsville Civic Association.
The election is still more than a year away, but the group has started its search for a candidate to back for the District 3 seat.
"We're definitely looking for individuals with strong leadership, strong communication, individuals who are willing to go out and interact with the residents of south Huntsville, who actually hear residents and implement those thoughts when voting on legislation," said Pinkleton.
In addition, the Civic Association wants a candidate who they feel can represent the residents of south Huntsville on every issue.
Since Councilman Olshefski took a job as Vice President of Customer Care for Huntsville Utilities, he has abstained from voting on matters concerning Huntsville Utilities. Residents in south Huntsville say because of this, they haven't had a voice in these issues.
"Our concern is that individuals in south Huntsville are going unrepresented at the City of Huntsville level," said Pinkleton. "Especially when Olshefski has to recuse himself from votes on Huntsville Utilities matters."
WHNT News 19 reached out to Councilman Olshefski for a statement on whether he plans to run for re-election. He did not return our calls or emails.
Pinkleton says no matter what decision Olshefski makes, the SHCA plans to endorse another candidate for the District 3 seat.
They also hope to back candidates running for the Huntsville Board of Education.