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By Tommy Wells
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Keil won't seek re-election to another term on city council


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The City of Seward will be losing one of its longest-tenured council members next year when Vice-Mayor Marianna Keil completes her sixth term. Keil announced on Monday that she would not seek re-election in 2018.

"You have to know when to say it is time to step away," said Keil. "I've been thinking about it recently. It's time."

Keil, who spent 11 years on the Seward Planning and Zoning Commission before joining the city council, began her council tenure in 1995. She served a two-year term before leaving office in 1996, then returned to the council in 2008 when she won one of the at-large seats on the seven-member body.

"I think we've made a lot of progress over the years," she said, "so I'm happy with what I been a part of."

Former Seward Mayor Edgar Blatchford praised Keil's efforts during her time on the council.

"She has always been a great spokesperson for those she represents," said Blatchford. "I think Marianna has done outstanding work during her time on the council, and I know she will be missed."


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