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McDonald not giving any municipal election endorsements

'I tend to stay out of the elections'
2022 09 23 Al McDonald presser
Al McDonald speaks during Friday's media conference at Memorial Gardens. Photo by Chris Dawson/BayToday.

Mayor Al McDonald says he will not wave the flag to endorse any of the 29 council candidates or any of the three mayoral candidates.  

"I tend to stay out of the elections," stated McDonald who didn't endorse anyone in the recent Federal election. 

However, the outgoing mayor did throw some shade on the direction some municipal campaigns are going.  

"I tend to stay neutral. I will be honest I wish they were talking about growth and jobs a little bit more out there but my intention is to not jump in the ring and endorse anyone," he said.  

McDonald, who decided not to try and run for a fourth term as North Bay's Mayor made the neutral statement during Friday's Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling press conference at Memorial Gardens. 

"I am not wishing any days away, I love going into the office," he said.

"It is a true honour to serve as the mayor of this great city but it has been 12 years and when I drive down the street and see all the election signs I am happy my name is not on one of those signs but I am truly going to miss it."

I will miss the interaction I have had with the citizens for the last 12 years because it has been pretty special and the reception has been unbelievable when I am out there and the cards that I am getting at the office is phenomenal so I want to wish the next mayor and council all the best. We have a wonderful city. We need to continue growing our city. We have to fix some of the challenges when it comes to mental health, addictions and homelessness for sure but we are on the right track and I want to wish the next mayor and council the best of luck and just do what is in the best interests of the city."

The municipal election takes place on October 24.   

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