City of Dover Third District Councilman James McGiffin has confirmed he will not seek re-election in 2011.


Dover Third District City Council representative James G. McGiffin has confirmed he will not seek re-election for another term on council.

His current term ends in May 2011; Dover municipal elections are held every April.

McGiffin, 52, came to council in August 2006, defeating Frederick Tolbert and Robin R. Christiansen in a special election following the resignation of Robert G. Ritter Jr. He was unopposed during re-election runs in 2007 and 2009.

McGiffin said his current position as president-elect of the Delaware Bar Association and the accompanying demands on his time led to his decision.

“I’ve been mulling it over for months,” he said. “I’ve got a lot more business with the bar and that just confirmed something had to go.”

McGiffin said he notified fellow council members several weeks ago.

“I’m going to miss council work because I think its important and it’s gratifying. I’ve learned a huge amount about how the city operates and have met a tremendous number of people, including city staff and my constituents, who have made my life richer.”

McGiffin did not rule out a return to council at a future date.

“I think I’ve made contributions to this city,” he said. “It’s always something you can come back to.”