UPDATE: Lantz announces he will not seek re-election in Charlottetown

Dave Stewart
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Coun. Rob Lantz announced this morning on social media that he will not seek re-election in November.

There was no changing Rob Lantz’s mind.

The two-term Charlottetown city councillor and current chairman of planning and heritage, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election when voters head to the polls on Monday, Nov. 3.

“I’m stepping down from council because that was the commitment I made to myself four years ago,’’ Lantz said in an interview with The Guardian, referring to the 2010 election.

“It’s just the end of my time. I’ve made my contribution and I’m happy with my decision to go now.’’

Mayor Clifford Lee said he tried to change Lantz’s mind one last time following Monday’s regular public monthly meeting of council. Lee and Lantz went into the mayor’s office after the meeting.

“I am saddened by Rob’s decision,’’ Lee said. “Rob has been a tremendous asset to the city of Charlottetown over the last eight years. Rob was always a guy to listen to. His wisdom was certainly beyond his years and he had a very challenging job as chair of planning and heritage.’’

Coun. Cecil Villard, chairman of administrative services, said it’s hard to lose Lantz on council.

“He always takes a lot to the table, he does his homework and he knows what he’s talking about,’’ Villard said. “He’s been a real credit to city council.’’

Lantz, who works in the private sector for Deltaware, said while departing municipal politics was the right decision, it wasn’t easy.

“There was a point in the last couple of months where I was second guessing myself. There was pressure from Clifford, who I have a tremendous amount of respect for. He really wanted me to run again and I’m sorry I had to disappoint him.’’

Speculation is likely to begin again that Lantz will make the jump to provincial politics. Some would like to see him take a run at the provincial Tory leadership.

When asked if he has provincial political ambitions, Lantz said: “I still have a busy and satisfying career in a great company in the private sector. I will certainly consider any opportunities that might arise.’’

Lantz said he will remain engaged as a citizen and plans on joining the board of the United Way.

Lee said he won't let Lantz ride off into the sunset quietly.

“I know his interest in the city is not going to end when his term on council ends. There is no doubt in my mind Rob will be one of those private citizens that I certainly will be seeking guidance and advice on issues as we move forward. There’s no question about it.’’

Lantz’s last council meeting will be Nov. 10. The new city council will be sworn in on Nov. 17.

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

Twitter.com/DveStewart

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Spring Park

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  • Resident
    July 16, 2014 - 20:30

    Never mind, we'll have lots of monuments to remember him by. The hideous Holman Hotel, the Timmy Banks glass walls, the Brighton boondoggles. One more term and this town would disappear entirely.

  • No thank you
    July 16, 2014 - 19:21

    ...enough already with the young, rich, pretty boys of Charlottetown trying to run the province - been there done that !! Don't think Rob is stupid enough to step on that sinking ship anyway.

  • surprised
    July 15, 2014 - 20:39

    WOW, a politician who said he would run 2 terms and is now keeping his word, now that is a change from the group that lie after they are elected, good for you Rob, best wishes for whatever you decide to do next.

  • Drew Mallet
    July 15, 2014 - 19:15

    I wish the Guardian could come up with a way that before comments are published the persons real identity is revealed....

  • trevor
    July 15, 2014 - 18:18

    How about Lantz for Mayor???? A good 3 way race or even more if somebody else would join in. Then let's see races with more fresh candidates for ward 3 and 5, and not to mention ward 1, and other wards. Would be nice to get new blood in all around.

  • ulrick
    July 15, 2014 - 18:12

    A sensible decision, they should all have as much good sense. Two terms of service, and then new blood. Good on you, Lanz. We can now hope that several good candidates will come forward, so we can end up with good representation again.

  • WayneDrops
    July 15, 2014 - 16:29

    Looks like this is the end of Rob Lantz political career. He will certainly not win the leadership of the PC Party being the puppet for Murray Murphy and the backroom...what a joke!!!

    • Observer
      July 15, 2014 - 19:08

      I hope that rob does not pay any attention to this hopeful wish from a Lieberal hack! What a joke!!!

    • WayneDrops
      July 15, 2014 - 21:24

      lol...no observer...just a smart island pc and not a reform island conservative...u sound like dan aiken!!!

    • voter
      July 16, 2014 - 06:44

      hopefully he is smart enough not to associate with the conniving conservative puppetry--

  • Dan
    July 15, 2014 - 13:18

    A potential competitor for Ghiz's seat? The battle of the Robs?

  • freddy
    July 15, 2014 - 10:42

    Lantz has always represented us well.