MONARO Greens candidate Katrina Willis says she won't stand for council again after two unsuccessful attempts.
Ms Willis will step aside for someone new to fill her position and will also relinquish her role as the group's spokesperson.
The Queanbeyan resident narrowly missed out on the last seat on council in 2008 and again in the recent election.
In the 2012 election, the Greens primary vote decreased from 6 per cent in 2008 to 5.3 pc.
The Greens were 185 votes behind the next closest candidate on primary votes and this gap widened following distribution of preferences to 312.
"This is about the same margin by which we missed out on a seat in the 2008 councillor ballot," Ms Willis said.
The Greens experienced a drop in their vote from 2008 results in numerous Local Government Areas across NSW. However in some areas, the Greens vote rose, including in the regional areas of Kiama, Armidale and Eurobodalla.
Ms Willis said comments at Queanbeyan polling booths suggested national political issues, including the introduction of a price on carbon, were a factor for some voters at the local elections.
While Ms Willis had campaigned for six months prior to the 2008 polls, this time around she worked solidly for four years learning about council matters, council dynamics and getting her message out to locals.
In the 2012 election lead-up the Greens had a monthly stall on the main street for six months and used internet and radio advertising during the campaign.
"I don't think we could've worked any harder, we ran a very energetic and committed campaign to show we were up to the task and I was at most council meetings, not every meeting but most of them," she said "I'm not sure how much harder we could've worked to make an impact and secure a seat.
Ms Willis said the Greens had shown they were active in engaging public debate by making submissions on the things like the Climate Change Plan and public transport.
Some newly elected councillors became known to voters only months before the election and Ms Willis said she was disappointed her long-term campaign hadn't translated to more votes.
"I'm disappointed that all the work we put in hasn't got us across the line and at a personal level the time and energy I put in. It's very hard [to campaign] on top of a full-time job. We were industrious and put thought into the campaign, I think I demonstrated the skills and attributes to be an effective councillor.
Ms Willis said she doesn't see the council dynamic changing this term particularly as Mayor Tim Overall still had a majority on council. She added that it was clear he was a popular
"Dominance on council by one group is a matter of concern because it is not conducive to working collaboratively with councillors representing a range of interests and viewpoints," she said.
"It should be interesting as there's quite a few new people. Judging from the performance of people who have returned I expect it to be a conservative council.
"What we can tell of the political structure from the past is that while many say they are independent it will probably be a conservative council and not much will have changed from the previous one."