Ehrlich said she will not run for election in 2014, when Leopold was set to reach his two-term limit, and will not be raising money or campaigning. But she said she loves the idea of helping the county right its course.
"We could bring a little dignity back to the county," she said. "I think the women in particular, and even more specifically the female county employees, would breathe a sigh of relief."
Ehrlich said she plans to attend a candidates' forum hosted by the West County Republican Club on Thursday — applications for Leopold's position must be filed by Friday — and plans to use this week to feel out whether she could secure the four council votes needed to win the seat.
"I don't want to put myself in a bad position, but if I'm told I can get four votes, than maybe we'll be talking again," she said.
[b]The fact that she does not intend to run in the 2014 election would help her look out for the best interests of the county, instead of making political calculations, she said.[b]