- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

MADISONVILLE, La. (AP) - After 10 terms in office, the long-time mayor of Madisonville has decided to not run for re-election.

The Times-Picayune/Nola.com reports (http://bit.ly/1PJP31y ) that Pete Gitz is bowing out of politics. He chose not to sign up for re-election for the March 5 mayoral election.

Gitz has been the mayor of this small river town since 1977. He is now 81 years old.

He says he feels he’s “leaving the town in real good shape.”

He plans to remain in Madisonville and continue working on his farm, where he raises cattle and produces hay each year. He also says he’ll continue working with the Maritime Museum and library.

Town Council members Mark Badeaux and Jean Pelloat are seeking the post of mayor.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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