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Hall not seeking a third term as mayor

Lyn Hall, with his wife Lorelle, and daughters Syndney and Jordan at his side, watch election results come in as Hall was elected to a second term as mayor of Prince George. Bill Phillips photo
Lyn Hall, with his wife Lorelle, and daughters Sydney and Jordan at his side, watch election results come in as Hall was elected to a second term as mayor of Prince George in 2018. Hall has announced he will not be seeking re-election.

Lyn Hall will not be seeking re-election in the fall.

The two-term mayor made the announcement at the end of Monday’s city council meeting.

“Today is bittersweet,” said an emotional Hall. “There is no question this has been one of most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make. With the support of my family for the past 21 years, I have made this very tough and difficult decision for the betterment of myself and my family. I can’t thank my wife Lorelle and daughters Sydney and Jordan enough for your support over the years. You have made many sacrifices over those years that gave me the opportunity to serve our community which, in my opinion, is one of the best anywhere. It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to serve the citizens of Prince George.”

Hall has been in public office since 2001 when he was elected to the board of School District 57, where he served for 10 years … five of those as board chair. In 2011, he successfully ran for city council and after one term on council, was elected mayor in 2014.

He said it was important for him to make the announcement at a city council meeting.

“I’ve toiled over this for quite some time, but I wanted us to be together. It was important to me to have everybody here, it was important to me to have the senior team here … I’d like to thank those who have supported me over the past 21 years. Without your support, the incredible journey I have been privileged to be on, would never have happened.”

There are certainly challenges to being mayor, but the biggest one, was probably the most unforeseen … the COVID-19 pandemic. Others included the downtown parkade issue, which resulted in a major shake-up at City Hall and new spending guidelines for staff. The city has also been plagued by homelessness crisis, which saw the city taken to court for its actions dealing with the issue.

“The past two years have been difficult in a variety of ways,” he said. “Leadership in any capacity is much more difficult in times of uncertainty than in times of stability. I want to thank council and staff for performing above and beyond in keeping our city a safe place to live. When I look at our city I see a community that has really come into its own. It was important to me to see Prince George grow into a vibrant, active desirable place to live … making sure that we offered amenities for everyone, from our youngest to our seniors, to become an attractive place for development and investment. I believe we have done just that.”

The race to replace Hall starts Wednesday as a ‘mayoral announcement’ will be made Wednesday morning in Wood Innovation Square.

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