Much ado today about Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell's decision not to run in the upcoming November election - announced at a 9:00 news conference. Not surprisingly though, the last people to learn about that decision were his so-called friends. In an email sent to supporters at 11:21 and leaked to Public Eye, Mayor Campbell wrote, "While there is always more to be done, I will not be the one to lead these changes." But wait, there's more. The former coroner also told supporters, "the steering committee of Friends of Larry Campbell has taken the necessary legal steps to transform it into a new civic electoral organization to field candidates in November. I will be supporting that organization and I hope you will, too. More news on this organization will be released in the coming days." Or now: rumour has it the name of that party may be Vision Vancouver. The following is a complete copy of the mayor's email.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Friends of Larry Campbell"
Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005 11:21 AM
Subject: A message from Mayor Larry Campbell
As you are all aware, there has been an interest in my intentions regarding the upcoming election in November.
I have enjoyed the past three years as Mayor of this great city. Much was promised during the last election and much has been achieved by this council.
Personally, my major objectives were to implement the Four Pillars Strategy, including plans for all four pillars.
I pledged to hold a referendum that would allow the citizens of the city to make a decision regarding the Olympics, to increase transit to the city and finally to work at restoring the liveability of the Downtown Eastside.
All of these have been completed or are in progress.
When I ran for mayor, I always insisted that I was not a politician. This may have contributed to some of the disappointments. Virtually from the start, it was clear to me that some of my colleagues were ideological and inflexible.
Nonetheless, with the clear support of three others - councillors Green, Stevenson and Louie - we were able to accomplish much for the city and keep the administration fiscally responsible.
Quite simply put, I still am not a politician. While there is always more to be done, I will not be the one to lead these changes.
I will not be seeking re-election as Mayor on November 20. I have spoken to Councillors Louie, Stevenson and Green and they all respect my decision.
I have encouraged Councillor Green to run for mayor in the next election, but he will need time to make such an important decision.
As I requested some months ago, the steering committee of Friends of Larry Campbell has taken the necessary legal steps to transform it into a new civic electoral organization to field candidates in November. I will be supporting that organization and I hope you will, too. More news on this organization will be released in the coming days.
I want to thank the citizens of the city for allowing me the honour of serving them as Mayor.