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Baltimore City Council member Helen Holton

Baltimore City Council member Helen Holton will step down at the end of this city council term. Holton, who represents District 8 and heads up the council’s budget committee, made the surprise announcement at the end of the August 17 meeting. She said that she was doing it because of some ongoing health issues.

“I’m not as young as I used to be,” Holton said. She told the council she hoped to continue to work hard for the city, but as a private citizen.

In a statement released after the meeting, City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young praised the outgoing councilmember for her years of dedicated service.

Holton’s tenure has not been without controversy; she faced campaign finance violation charges last year and also came under fire for alleged misuse of city funds for luxury trips she had taken. WBAL-TV reported that of all the council members, Holton had traveled the most.