Camarillo City Councilman Stan Daily has announced he will not seek reelection in November.
Daily said after 38 years of public service, including an 18-year term on the Oxnard Harbor District, he would like to spend more time with his wife and family.
"Life is very tenuous and you might as well enjoy it while you can," Daily said.
"I think I made the right decision, but it's hard because [politics] has been my whole life," he said.
Daily began his 20-year career serving on the first Camarillo City Council in 1964. He has served longer than any other council member.
Daily said he feels "comfortable" leaving the city now. He said he is especially proud of playing a part over the years in helping the city secure a long-term revenue source with the Camarillo Premium Outlet Center, developing friendly relations with the Chamber of Commerce and taking steps to keep the city's greenbelts intact.
"My last stint as mayor last year was very satisfying--in fact, it was the height of my political career," said Daily, a former Hueneme High School social science teacher.
"I will miss [the people at City Hall] because they are like my family," Daily said. "But our council is an outstanding council. I'm leaving with good feelings because the city is in good hands."
Daily said he will remain active in numerous organizations, including the Pleasant Valley Historical Society, Pleasant Valley Lion's Club, Camarillo Noontime Optimists, Ventura Council of the Navy League of the United States and the Camarillo Health Care District.
"My love for and commitment to Camarillo will always be a part of me," Daily said.