The man who lost the June provincial election by less than 1,000 votes has decided not to run in the October municipal election.
Andrew Olivier announced on his Facebook page this week that, despite encouragement from many of his supporters, he won't be taking part in his second election in the same calendar year.
“Many of you have urged me to either run municipally or federally,” Olivier wrote. “To even have you consider me in that way is an honour and quite humbling to be honest. However, I want everyone to know I have decided to focus on my career and the community at this time -- not politics.”
Olivier was the Liberal candidate in Sudbury in the June provincial election, and finished second to educator and city councillor Joe Cimino, who won the riding for the NDP for the first time since 1995.
Olivier's first foray into elected politics saw him garner 39 per cent of the vote, compared to 42 per for Cimino and almost 14 per cent for PC candidate Paula Peroni, who finished third. His performance prompted speculation he would take a run at municipal politics in the October vote.
In his post, Olivier said he plans to focus on his career and volunteer work.
“I will continue to be very active with the organizations where I volunteer while pursuing other ways to make Sudbury an even better place to live,” he said. “From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of you for your love and support.”
A record 59 candidates have signed up for the municipal vote in Sudbury, were at least half a dozen spots will be up for grabs with no incumbents running, including mayor.