Longtime Town Councilman Ernest Pitochelli announced this week that he won't seek reelection this November.
In a letter to the editor posted on the Johnston Sun Rise website, the six-term councilman wrote that he's "made a decision based on four visits with men of medicine this past week, as well as talks with my family."
But Pitochelli, an Independent, explained that he's not entirely stepping back from local politics — in his letter, Pitochelli said he plans to "form a group of responsible citizens who believe we need to change some of the players" in local government, though he did not name anyone specifically.
In February, the Sun Rise reported that Planning Board Chairman for the Ward 2 seat.
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