District 4 County Council member Mary Kay Sigaty announced Thursday that she will seek a third term on the council.
Sigaty, who had been rumored to be considering a run for a delegate seat in wide-open District 12, said she came to her decision after much reflection during a vacation in Maine.
Sigaty, 63, broke the news at a fundraising event at Clyde's on the Columbia lakefront, attended by Democratic council members Courtney Watson and Calvin Ball as well as several District 12 delegate hopefuls.
"This is absolutely where my heart is," she said, gesturing to Lake Kittamaqundi.
Sigaty, who is in her second term, said she hoped to continue the progress that she had made with her colleagues on the council since she was elected in 2006.
"I believe that we have done an extraordinary job for Howard County," she said. "I think that as I look at the work that we do, we don't always agree, but we're not afraid to tell each other what we think, to challenge each other's ideas, and then to work really hard to come up with the best solutions that we can, hoping that we are in fact moving Howard County forward in ways that benefit each and every person here."
Ball, who represents District 2 on the council, announced Wednesday, Sept. 18, that he would run for a third term
Sigaty, who has lived in Columbia since 1972, said she moved there as a young woman in response to Columbia founder Jim Rouse's call "to help build a city."
She said her hope for Columbia in her next four years was to help it again be "on the cutting edge, to make it serve each and every person who lives here and to figure out how do we open the doors wider so that more people can in fact come and live in this fabulous community that we call home.
Prior to being elected to the council, Sigaty served on the school board, the Wilde Lake Village Board and the county's Spending Affordability Committee.
Sigaty is also a former teacher and an artist who has volunteered with the theater departments at Wilde Lake and Marriotts Ridge High Schools.
Sigaty's district encompasses downtown Columbia, as well as parts of Clarksville and Fulton.