City Councilman Forest Tennant will not run for a third term, he announced this week.
Tennant, whose tenure has been marked by combative politics, cited his time-consuming commitment to fighting drug abuse. "My plans have always been to serve two terms and to step down," he said in a statement released Monday.
First elected in 1980, Tennant was one of three incumbents up for reelection in April. Mayor Kenneth Chappell and Councilwoman Nancy Manners will seek another term.
Tennant, a physician, has long been active in the fight against drug abuse, operating a network of clinics, serving as a drug abuse adviser for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the National Football League and instructing state agencies in recognizing drug use.
Tennant has repeatedly clashed with county Supervisor Pete Schabarum over attempts to block Los Angeles trash from the BKK Corp. landfill in West Covina. Schabarum wants to prevent Los Angeles from exporting its trash to other cities, forcing it to open its own dump.