London, Ont. Mayor Ed Holder announces retirement ahead of upcoming municipal elections – London

London, Ont., Mayor Ed Holder has announced his intention to retire from politics after 11 years in the profession and not seek a second term as mayor in the October municipal election.

Holder was elected London’s 64th mayor in the October 2018 municipal elections, having served two terms as MP for London West from 2008 to 2015.

“The opportunity to be mayor has truly been the honor of a lifetime. I’ve often said that mine is the best job anyone could hope to have, serving the greatest city in the world,” Holder said.

“As I prepare to enjoy life beyond politics, I am very proud of the accomplishments of this council. Together, we have made historic investments to support our most vulnerable, as well as transformative changes to London’s public transport system. Our economy is the strongest in Ontario and we are among the fastest growing cities in Canada,” he said.

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Holder told Global News that given some recent health issues, he wasn’t sure he could serve another four years as mayor with the commitment it takes.

“It got me thinking about the last three and a half years and what the role of a mayor demands. You have to run 100 miles per hour and you have to do 70 hours a week. That’s absolutely true, and I guess what’s happened lately is that if I were to commit to another four-year term, can I for sure give that guarantee to Londoners? And I wasn’t sure I could,” Holder said.

“If I can’t be at the top of what I do… then I can’t continue in that role. I just don’t think it’s fair for London, and I don’t think it’s fair for the council, and I don’t think it’s fair for me.

“I think we were going ahead of the game, and I think London are the strongest they’ve ever been,” Holder said.

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In his statement Tuesday, Holder said he looked forward to further activities at a “more relaxed pace.”

“My decision not to run for a second term as mayor comes after much consideration and discussion with the family,” Holder said. “In the meantime, there is still a lot of important work to be done between now and the elections. I remain fully committed to my responsibilities and duties.

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While serving as MP for London West, Holder also served as federal science and technology minister.

During his tenure as mayor, he set out to tackle issues such as unemployment, affordable housing, and navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic recovery that must follow.

At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Deputy Mayor Josh Morgan congratulated Holder on his political career.

“His volunteerism has been recognized with more than two dozen awards, including the Canada 125 Medal, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteerism,” Morgan said.

“Mayor Holder has been a proud London resident for over four decades – student, family man, business leader, community leader, volunteer, philanthropist, MP, minister and until 14 November 2022 Mayor of the City of London. . Mayor Holder, Ed, on behalf of the residents of London, Ontario, thank you for your continued service to this great community.

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Before entering politics, he was chairman of Stevenson & Hunt Insurance Brokers and served on the board of the London Chamber of Commerce.

Holder has a long history of community service, having led the Business Cares food drive and volunteering with the Rotary Club of London, United Way and St. John Ambulance as well as co-chairing the annual Rockin’ New Year’s Eve event in Victoria. Park.

This news leaves the race for the city’s next mayor wide open, with candidates still able to register for the 2022 municipal elections.

– with files from Devon Peacock of Global News

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