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Charles County commissioners’ President Candice Quinn Kelly announced she would not seek re-election in 2014 during a Thursday morning appearance on the “T-Bone and Heather” radio show on Star 98.3 FM.

In a follow-up interview with the Maryland Independent, Kelly (D) said she does not plan to run for any public office in the 2014 election, adding that she wants to continue her education and pursue other interests.

“I love public service, but I love a lot of things in life. I have a lot of interests,” she said. “I’ve been around a long time, and I’ve been serving the county for over 20 years in a lot of ways. I hope that I will perhaps inspire other people to run, and I’ll be happy to mentor people, but I think that I’ve done my best, and by the end of 2014, it’s time for someone else to step in and bring their vision and energy.”

Kelly said she was “very proud” of the board’s accomplishments since her election as its president in the 2010 election, particularly the establishment of monthly public forums, which allow residents to weigh in on any issue before the commissioners.

“I try to do my best. I think I have a good record,” she said. “I try to always be prepared. I try to read everything. People may not always agree with my positions, but I always try to educate.”

Before her term expires in 2014, Kelly said she wants to finish work on the 2012 comprehensive plan update, which currently is before the commissioners.

The draft plan approved in May by the Charles County Planning Commission has been the source of rampant controversy, with Kelly lined up with smart growth advocates and environmentalists in opposition.

She said the commissioners need to send the draft back to the planning commission and complete work on a “tiers” map mandated by 2012 state legislation limiting growth on septic systems. Kelly hopes that her announcement will help remove politics from the debate.

“I want to get through this comprehensive plan and not have it be about politics or me or who’s running against me,” she said. “I believe that this plan needs to go back to the planning commission, and things must change. We cannot behave like Washington.”

jnewman@somdnews.com