The number of candidates seeking the position of town councillor for Niagara-on-the-Lake has dropped from 25 to 24.
In an interview to the paper Friday morning, former candidate Rob MacInnis said he will no longer be running due to a professional opportunity that will require him to be out of town frequently.
“Basically it’s an external commitment that I didn’t foresee, and it’s going to have me out of town during the week a lot and I just won’t be able to commit the time that would be necessary to serve properly,” MacInnis said. “And I don’t want to be that guy that’s missing half the meetings and all that kind of stuff.”
He said he “couldn’t pass up” the opportunity, but added “it looks like we’ve got a really good slate of candidates, so I don’t feel too badly.”
It’s a possibility he may run in the future, he said.
“You know, four years from now, who knows what my circumstances will be. I’m getting to the point where I’ll probably be looking at retiring, so we’ll see.”
The municipal election is Oct. 22.