AFTER 13 years of giving back to the community that he has been proud to call home all his life, Campbelltown councillor Aaron Rule has decided not to seek re-election.
Cr Rule had been endorsed as a Labor Party candidate for the September election, but has decided he couldn't commit himself to another four-year term on the council.
He said he had been "greatly privileged" to be elected to the council for 13 years and to have served three years as mayor.
"I've been very fortunate and greatly blessed to have had that privilege," he told the Advertiser.
"As the campaign and election day loomed, in my mind I came to the conclusion that I didn't have the 110 per cent commitment that I expect of myself to run again, so it was best for me not to stand and for other people to have the opportunity to have the privilege I had."
Cr Rule was elected in 1999 and was mayor in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
During his time on the council, Cr Rule campaigned for the widening of the F5, against a truck stop at Varroville and to save the Scenic Hills from development.
But when asked what his greatest achievement has been, he answered with the humility for which he has become known: "The one thing I have learnt is you do not do anything as an individual.
"If you leave things a little better, I think you've done your job.
"I have been lucky to have the benefit of such outstanding officers in council and some wonderful people on council whom I hold in very high regard and the wonderful Labor team, who will continue to do a fantastic job."
Cr Rule may be stepping out of the limelight on the council but he has no plans to step away from the Labor Party.
"Labor is proudly in my DNA," he said. "I'll continue to help and support as I can but it's now time for a new group to come through."