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

Dave Stewart dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on July 15, 2014

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.