“I have spent the past 19 years serving the City of Surrey as a councillor and mayor. This decision comes after months of reflection and, ultimately, the desire to continue to advocate on behalf of Surrey-White Rock at the national level,” says Watts in a statement released on Thursday morning.
Watts, who has served three terms as mayor since first being elected to the position in 2005, said in April that she would not be seeking re-election in this year's municipal elections.
But she left the question of what she would do next unanswered—until now.
Watts has been a popular leader for B.C.'s second-largest city, and received 80 per cent of the vote three years ago in the last municipal election.