In a surprise move, councillor Tony Zabinsky announced Monday afternoon that he will not run for the position of mayor in Fort St. John.
"It is with a heavy heart that I will no longer be moving forward with my Mayor campaign in the upcoming municipal election," Zabinsky stated in an open letter.
While confirming he won't be running for the top elected position, the one-term councillor has said he will be looking to be re-elected to one of six seats on council.
"Due to personal matters that have taken place in the last 30 days, I do not believe I can dedicate the time and responsibilities that the Mayor oversees that would be required to lead this great community," he continued.
"I still, however, have a desire to serve this community in the same role that I currently maintain. Therefore, I will be transitioning my campaign's focus to be re-elected as a City Councillor for the City of Fort St. John.
"I wish to continue to support this community and the future Mayor by being a team-player and providing the expertise that I have provided thus far as a City Councillor. I believe there is more to be done to make our community better."
That leaves incumbent councillor Lilia Hansen now as the lone candidate who has declared their intentions to run for the mayor's chair this fall. Mayor Lori Ackerman had said she wouldn't be seeking re-election in October.
Nominations officially open August 30. Voting day is October 15.
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