Less then a week before nomination day for the Drayton Valley general election, one of the candidates running for mayor has dropped out of the race.
Former mayor Moe Hamdon has decided to suspend his campaign, after long reflection on how another term as mayor would impact his personal life as well as his business ventures.
"I made the decision to run knowing I had the capacity to do it. I was looking forward to it and it's hard to give it up. But some business circumstances changed since I announced I was running, and that would have decreased the amount of time and attention I would have given to the job," Hamdon says adding "There is no way I would take on a responsibility without giving it 100 percent."
Hamdon says even though he isn't running anymore, from what he heard from citizens the issues of the town's finances is top priority, as well as bringing jobs back to Drayton Valley.
When asked if he had any advice for the next mayor, Hamdon suggested he had all kinds of advice but reminded that the job requires a vast amount of work.
"Get out, talk, hear what is going on. It's not just about listening to concerns but addressing them as well and make sure the community does not feel neglected. As for council, it's going to be a lot of work and be prepared for serious committment."
With Hamdon's absence, current town councillor Brandy Fredrickson is the sole candidate running for mayor.
Hamdon had previously been Mayor of Drayton Valley for four terms with current Mayor Glenn McLean announcing in August he would not seek re-election after serving one term.
Nomination day is September 18, with the general election being held on October 16.
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