Encinitas mayor says her cancer has returned
By Tanya Mannes
Union-Tribune Staff Writer
ENCINITAS — Mayor Maggie Houlihan announced last night that she is battling a recurrence of endometrial cancer and said that she doesn't plan to wear a wig when she loses her hair during five months of chemotherapy.
She fought the disease in 2006.
“I'm doing everything I can both traditionally and alternatively to beat this darn thing,” Houlihan said in a brief statement at the close of a City Council meeting. “So if you see the bald woman in town, or maybe walking on the beach with friends, it's me.”
Afterward, she was surrounded by supporters, including her husband, Ian Thompson. A friend presented her with a bouquet of flowers.
Houlihan, 60, was first elected to the council in 2000, and she was the top vote-getter in the 2004 and 2008 elections. Known for her “slow-growth” stance, she has called for more restrictions on development, such as buildings that would block scenic views. Houlihan also supports environmental regulations such as a pending plastic-bag ban. –T.M.