He has served on the Bristol, Virginia city council for nearly four years as mayor, vice mayor and council member; but today, Jim Steele spoke exclusively to News 5 about his decision not to seek re-election.
We listened as Steele told us of the constant opposition he faced, including several key votes. "It's about raising the taxes here not long back," he explained. "I said no. Well, I was the only one that said no. And paying out a lot of money to one of our city managers, I said no. I was the only one. And when it came to voting for two more assistant managers, when we had a manager in office, I said no, we don't need three managers."
He says it's been an uphill battle that has taken a toll on him and his health. During his time on city council, Steele battled and overcame prostate cancer.
He also helped secure one of the city's biggest retail developments, The Falls project at Exit 5 on I-81, which Steele says is still on track despite several lawsuits.
Steele's last day as a councilman will be June 30.