BROCKVILLE – While being encouraged by the public and those in political circles to go for it, retired senator Bob Runciman says he won’t seek the Conservative nomination in Leeds-Grenville, Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.
The party is looking to replace the spot left vacant by the untimely death of MP Gord Brown.
Runciman says he didn’t want to get involved in a potentially divisive nomination battle.
He had been seen as a possible “unity candidate” – to run uncontested – and fulfill the remainder of Brown’s term in office until the October 2019 federal election. It would have given the riding association time to groom a candidate for the election. But that option is off the table.
Gord Brown’s nephew, 25-year-old Colin Brown, is seeking the nomination and he’s got some high-level support in Premier-Designate Doug Ford who’s been campaigning for him.
“Colin has always demonstrated very strong leadership skills and an excellent work ethic. I am confident that he will be an effective voice for this community,” Ford said.
Some residents have received robocalls from Ford.