0615 - Norm Smith has dropped out of the race for mayor, citing Leonard Krog's strong candidacy and record.
Smith issued a statement late Friday saying Krog's entry into the race brought a strong following, the experience of an elected
official, and the merits and ability to become an excellent mayor. He said he will instead run for a position on city council.
"As many citizens of Nanaimo are aware that last year, I declared my candidacy for the position of mayor for the 2018
election in Nanaimo. My goal was simple - to help rebuild our city with good leadership and accountability.
Recently, a very strong candidate, Leonard Krog, has announced that he will be running for the mayor's position. Mr. Krog has a strong following,
the experience of an elected official, and the merits and ability to become an excellent mayor.
As a retired police officer, I was trained to always evaluate your situation and re-evaluate when the circumstances change.
The circumstances certainly
changed with his announcement. I truly felt that I had the knowledge and ability to lead council or I would have never declared, but finishing in second place would not allow me to reach my goal of helping the city rebuild. I put out a poll to seek the opinions
of my supporters as to continue in the mayor race or gain experience by running for a council position instead.
First of all, I want to thank the almost 500 folks who answered the poll and dozens of others who wrote texts to me. As I have stated in
previous texts, willingness to listen to people is a must for councillors and the mayor if we want to be accountable and transparent to our citizens – 80% want me to run for council to gain the experience of municipal politics. To the 20% who want me
to continue in the mayor's race, I thank you for your continued belief in me, but if I am successful in winning a council seat, I can reach my goal of helping the city and gain the experience for the future.
Therefore, I am removing myself from the
mayoral race and announcing now that I intend to run as a candidate for city council for Nanaimo 2018.