After 17 years in Campbell River politics, Mayor Andy Adams won’t seek re-election this fall.
He made the announcement in a video statement released at the conclusion of last Monday’s (May 30) council meeting.
“I look forward to continuing to help shape Campbell River’s future. That role, however, will be in a more community-based role but not in the position of mayor as I will not be putting my name forward for re-election to mayor,” Adams said.
The 64-year-old, two-time cancer survivor says he’s healthy but it’s time to pass the torch to the next generation.
“It’s time to step aside and let our next generation guide our city’s future. Council needs to reflect the community in age, gender and ethnicity. We are a multicultural community and council should reflect that,” he said.
Adams, who has served nine years as councillor and eight years as mayor, is not closing the door yet on a run for councillor.
Speaking about the city, Adams says Campbell River is in “sound financial shape” and there are societal “glimmers of hope” post-pandemic. But there will be “continued pressures” on the aquaculture and forestry sectors that could have “severe consequences for the North Island economy.”
Adams joked that 17 years is an “appropriate number” because it was the jersey number of Rod Brind’Amour – the Carolina Hurricanes’ coach who grew up in Campbell River.
Following his taped speech, people in the council chambers gave a round of applause.
The provincial election is October 15th.