City Commissioner Dan Raulerson choked with emotion Monday as he bid farewell to his colleagues at his final meeting after five years in office.
"I've really been thrilled to be a part of this team. And that's what this is, a team," said Raulerson, who is resigning to run for a state House seat. Raulerson said it was an honor and privilege to have served.
The Republican and former mayor faces Democrat Jose Vazquez in the Nov. 6 election.
Fellow commissioners showered Raulerson with praise for his hard work.
"I thank your for your service to the city," Commissioner Mary Mathis said. "You did a phenomenal job."
Mayor Mike Sparkman presented Raulerson with a proclamation and plaque. Raulerson's wife Shirley also was given a bouquet of roses.
Sparkman said he enjoyed working with the 55-year-old Raulerson and hoped to continue to work with him if he wins the state seat now held by Rich Glorioso, who couldn't run again due to term limits.