Several weeks ago, I put my name forward for election as Vice-President (Organization) of LPC(O). At the time, I wanted to ensure there was a strong candidate in the race, with a platform to reinvigorate the organizational aspects of the LPC(O).
Since that time, two additional candidates have put their name forward for the position.
One of these two, James Maloney, is a particularly strong candidate and exceptional Liberal. Over the course of several discussions, Jamie and I have discovered that our views and platforms are very similar. Given our common vision, we concluded that it made very little sense for both Jamie and I to run effectively the same campaign on the same platform.
Accordingly, after considerable thought and discussion with a number of my supporters and friends, I have decided to withdraw from the race for Vice President (Organization). I have significant other responsibilities as Deputy Chair of the Council of Presidents, and believe Jamie would be very effective in this role. He is a passionate lifetime Liberal who has contributed endless hours of work and effort to the Party.
There are now only two candidates in the race for Vice-President (Organization), both of whom are good Liberals and either of who will have my full support on election. Of the two, I will be supporting Jamie Maloney. I have known Jamie for many years and am absolutely confident he will make a dedicated and competent Vice President – I support him fully, and I hope you will all do the same.
I would like to thank all of you who have helped me in my campaign to this point, particularly my friend and campaign manager Gary Gladstone. My core campaign group has been magnificent (thanks especially to Melanie Kozlow and Dan Fox) – I look forward to working with you in campaigns to come!
Finally, I look forward to continuing to work with each of you on the Council of Presidents and elsewhere.
With thanks and regards,