Topeka mayor announces she won’t seek a new term

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla announced Friday that she won’t run for mayor again after her term.

De La Isla started a virtual 2 p.m. press conference by reflecting on her time in public service in Topeka. Afterward, she told the audience she has decided she won’t run for office again.

De La Isla gave a message for whoever the next mayor may be.

“The title is a privilege that the community bestowed on me, but it’s really interesting that people see you in a different light… it’s a beautiful job, but it’s full of surprises. Look at us, we’re in the middle of a pandemic. Who would have thought, right?”

Michelle De La Isla, Topeka Mayor

De La Isla said she is exploring different options for the future after her term, but none of them involve leaving Topeka. KSNT News later found out that she made her exit from politics, as she accepted a new position as Managing Director for the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.

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