Kincardine mayor Larry Kraemer will pull out of politics at the end of this year.
Kraemer informed media in a written statement just prior to last Wednesday’s council meeting that he will not run for re-election in the municipal election Oct. 27. As for the reason, Kraemer said it is time to focus more of his time on his family and his business.
“My commitment when I came in was that I would leave the municipality in better shape than I found it and I believe I did that,” he said, pointing to developments such as Queen’s Lookout and the Kincardine Centre for the Arts.
Kraemer said he wanted to make the announcement well ahead of the municipal election to ensure a good mayoral race.
Kraemer was first elected as mayor in 2000 until 2003. He was elected again in 2006 and has served two consecutive terms as mayor. Prior to entering municipal politics he served for a year as president of the Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce.
He said he is proud to have had the opportunity to be involved with some significant projects, including the proposal for the natural gas pipeline; the Huron Ridge redevelopment project; and OPG’s deep geologic repository project to store low and intermediate level nuclear waste. Kraemer said the DGR project was one of the main reasons he chose to run for mayor in 2006 to see it through. Now, the municipality’s involvement with the project is pretty well complete and Joint Review Panel hearings will finish in September, before the end of the council term.
“The projects that I care most about and wanted to see completed are done or almost done,” he said.
Kraemer said he plans to continue with volunteer activities in the community and will remain involved with the Lake Huron Learning Centre.
“I don’t think I have to be in a public position to support that and sometimes that’s better so you don’t become a lightning rod for some who are opposed to it,” he said.
As for the natural gas project, Kraemer said he expects a business case will come together by the end of this month. Under the preferred option, he hinted, the project could be carried out by a public or private enterprise.
Kraemer said he and his wife Bonnie plan to continue to be a part of the community.
“I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I still live here and plan to spend the rest of my life here.”