Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson announced that she will not be running for a third term. She is nearing the end of her second four year term as mayor and tho past Ithaca Mayors have only served eight years, she has been encouraged to run again. One outstanding accomplishment of Mayor Peterson was being named to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Governmental Advisory Committee, which has assisted in Ithaca being on the map and at the forefront of pushing green and environmental issues forward. Though Peterson said that the decision was difficult, she states that not running for reelection will allow her to focus on current local issues rather than campaigning and also allow her to attend to personal matters, which have required increased attention lately. No one is sure yet who will run to fill Peterson’s place.