Kraemer not running for re-election in October
By Liz Dadson
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Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer is not running for re-election in the Oct. 27 municipal election.
Kraemer made his decision public at the Kincardine council meeting last night (June 11).
"After careful consideration of the needs of my wife and family, as well as the needs of our business and myself, I have decided that I will not be a candidate in the election held later this year," he stated.
He thanked his wife, his family and his supporters for the honour of leading the Municipality of Kincardine for 11 years as mayor.
Kraemer also thanked the municipal staff for the help and support through the years, "as well as your commitment to keeping Kincardine the great place to live that it is."
He and his wife, Bonnie, will continue to live and work in this community which is their home.
"It is my intention to remain as mayor until the end of this term and then I will continue to volunteer for various local initiatives, such as the Lake Huron Learning Centre, and other worthwhile community efforts," he said.
In an interview during a break in the council meeting, Kraemer said he feels as if he has done about 15 years of public service, including his time as a member and president of the Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce, and his work with other organizations.
"It's time to step down," he said. "I have other things that need my attention."
He was first elected as mayor in 2000 and served a three-year term. He was then elected in 2006 for a four-year term, and was re-elected in 2010 for another four-year term.
"I inherited a shoreline water pipeline in 2000," said Kraemer, "and I'm leaving behind a natural gas pipeline for the next council."
He said the natural gas project is workable as either a public or private initiative. "Council has lots of options."
Over those 11 years as mayor, Kraemer travelled to many places, representing the municipality. He saw the reconstruction of two downtowns, the construction of the shoreline water pipeline, the establishment of the Lake Huron Learning Centre, and the completion of reconstruction in the Huron Ridge subdivision.
He also saw the old town hall turned into the Kincardine Arts Centre, and the creation of Queen's Look-out from what used to be a mini-putt course.
Another major project is Ontario Power Generation (OPG)'s proposed Deep Geologic Repository (DGR) for low- and intermediate-level nuclear waste. Kraemer said the municipality has done as much as it can to support that project but it is now in the hands of a federal Joint Review Panel.
The goal, said Kraemer, is to leave the municipality in better shape than you found it.
"I think the Municipality of Kincardine is prettier, wealthier, and in better shape than it was 10 years ago," he said.
Kraemer decided to make his announcement now to allow for a fulsome race for the mayor's job.
When asked if he had any advice for the next mayor, Kraemer said, "Decide what you're going to do, and stick to it."
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014