Charleston City Councilman Tim Mallard sent an email message today to say he won’t seek re-election this fall.

The message, sent to local elected officials, media and others, said Mallard’s three and a half years on council have been “life changing.”

“All good things must come to an end, even temporarily. I realize that this announcement today could be a surprise,” the message said. “I have decided that at this time in my life, I must focus my energies elsewhere. Several professional business opportunities have been presented to me that I simply cannot ignore and I must focus my energies on those opportunities for now.”

Mallard, who couldn’t be reached for comment early Tuesday afternoon, already had attracted more interesting opposition this year than all other council members combined. Publisher Andy Brack and retired accounting CEO Bill Moody both have said they plan to run for the District 11 seat, which covers a chunk of southern West Ashley.

Mallard said he is confident there will be another opportunity for him in politics in the future.

Read more in tomorrow’s editions of The Post and Courier.