Wanda Merschel, a four-term member of the Winston-Salem City Council, set to retire

Wanda Merschel/Winston-Salem Journal photo

Wanda Merschel/Winston-Salem Journal photo

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Wanda Merschel, a four-term member of the Winston-Salem City Council, will not run for re-election, according to The Winston-Salem Journal.

Her planned retirement from public office, which comes after her husband retired from professional life, opens the door wider for real-estate agent Jeff MacIntosh, a Democrat. He announced recently that he wants the Northwest Ward seat if Merschel, also a Democrat, does not run again.

During her 16-year tenure, Merschel, who is now senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Piedmont Federal Savings Bank, cast votes on some of Winston-Salem’s landmark decisions — some of them hotly debated, such as annexation, the construction of the downtown ballpark and downtown revitalization.

For most of her years on the city council, Merschel was chairwoman of the council’s finance committee, a position she handled with a steady hand, said Council Member Robert Clark, a Republican, who represents the West Ward.

“She worked hard every year to come to a consensus on the budget,” Clark told the Journal. “She’s done an excellent job working with everybody, and, I might add, she has a financial background and that shows in her expertise.”

More at: The Winston-Salem-Journal

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