Council President Charles B. Mullins, 49, announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election in May for a third term.
"I'm just tired of beating my head against the wall," Mullins said. "I don't feel like I'm getting the recognition or appreciation from the public for what I do."
Mullins said he'd like to have more time to spend with his wife, Bonnie, three daughters and grandchildren.
First elected in 1983, Mullins was the top vote-getter in the 1987 election among a field ofnine candidates vying for three seats.
He was chosen council president after the 1987 election.
Previously, Mullins had been a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
A Sykesville native, Mullins moved away from the town three times before returning to establish several businesses. He owns a number of properties in the downtown area that he renovated and rents to various businesses.
Mullins,who calls himself a fiscal conservative, says, "If you don't need it, don't tax the people for it just to create a tax surplus."
In his two terms, he worked to reduce the property tax rate from 90 cents per $100 of assessed value in 1983 to 68 cents per $100 in 1991.
As for future political plans, Mullins said he will watch the performance of the Town Council and mayor over the next two years.
Sykesville elections will be conducted from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 7.