Doug Leroux won't be leading Penetanguishene during council's next term.
The Penetanguishene mayor announced Thursday that he won't seek re-election in the upcoming October election. With candidates being able to declare their intentions Monday, the competition for mayor is a one-person race thus far with only current councillor Jill St. Amant declaring.
“It is with profound deliberation that I have decided not to seek re-election as mayor of Penetanguishene," Leroux said.
“While it has been an honour and a privilege to represent the people of our town during these trying times, and I have always endeavoured to make the best decisions for the collective good of our wonderful community, I would like to be able to spend more time with my family."
But Leroux will still be a regular visitor to town hall.
“With that said, I would still like to bring my experience and commitment to the town, and therefore, I will be seeking the position of councillor in the upcoming municipal election so that the initiatives and planning that we have been able to accomplish thus far, might come to fruition.
“As a councillor, and with your support, I will still be able to represent the citizens and ratepayers at the council table," he said. "I wish to thank you for supporting me these last four years. It is my hope that you will advocate for me as a councillor for the next four years.”
Previously, Leroux spoke with MidlandToday about the election year and his options for running again.
Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, MidlandToday.ca