Longtime Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. will not seek re-election next year, he told supporters this weekend.
The Dundalk Democrat, first elected in 1998, says he wants to put his energy into the campaign of his son, Del. John Olszewski Jr., who is running for the state Senate. The councilman made the announcement in front of about 150 supporters at an event.
"I thought long and hard about it," he said Monday in an interview. "It was a bittersweet day for me."
In addition to helping with his son's campaign, Olszewski is serving as a county co-chairman of Lt. Governor Anthony Brown's campaign for governor.
"I'll be pretty busy this election," he said, adding that he's also looking forward to spending more time with his family, including a 2-year-old grandson.
Olszewski, now serving his fourth term on the council, said he's most proud of his record on constituent services and of new community facilities that have been built in his district, such as the Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center and the Dundalk High School building.
His term ends in December 2014. The 53-year-old hasn't ruled out running for another public office.
"I leave open all possibilities," he said. "I don't close the door on anything."
Two people have filed to run for Olszewski's seat — Democrat Joseph DiCara and Republican Todd Crandell. Democrat Bud Staigerwald also has announced his intention to run.