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Shari Green not running for re-election as mayor of the city of Prince George

Won't announce future plans, rumours of Conservative nomination

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Prince George mayor Shari Green has announced she won't be running for re-election in November. In a statement sent to media, she said she wanted to give others time to consider running for the position, and would be announcing plans at a future time.

Green served one term as councillor, and is currently serving her first term as mayor.

Listen to an interview with Mayor Shari Green about the announcement, her legacy, and her future:

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Future plans not yet announced

There has been speculation Green will seek the Conservative nomination for the federal riding of Cariboo-Prince George. MP Dick Harris has held the riding and its predecessor since 1993. 

"I made no announcment that I'm not so I guess so," he replied.

Green says she won't comment on whether she'd be willing to run against Harris.

"Mr. Harris will certainly make his intentions known when he's ready to do so," says Green. "I think he's served our community for over 20 years and he certainly deserves much thanks and gratitude for the incredible time he has put in to the nation and the region. When he chooses to say something different, we'll look forward to what that might be."

"Tough decisions needed to be made"

When asked about her legacy, Green cited crime reduction, maintaining costs at city hall, and funding infrastructure.

"To be honest I really think I have accomplished a lot in a short period of time, which is not easy to do," she says. "Some tough decisions needed to be made, and I let the community know when I stood for mayor that I was prepared to make difficult and tough decisions and I think that this council has done a lot of work in a short period of time."

A controversial portion of Green's term as mayor was the decision to spend nearly $30,000 on a core services review. Critics charged it was an unnecessary exercise and questioned whether it wound up saving the city any money. Green maintains it was the right decision:

"At the time that was the decision that we needed to make," Green says.

Not enough women running for city hall

Shari Green is currently the only woman elected to municipal government in Prince George, something she hopes will change during the next election.

"First and foremost I think the voter has to choose the best person for the job.... I want the best person in each and every seat," she says. "But what really is telling is that there is not enough women who are running, clearly, and for whatever reason the voter is looking in another direction.

"When I first arrived at council six years ago there had been three women, when i was elected there was two, and when I became mayor there was one.

"I think that depending who the women are who put their names forward... whoever they are they've got to work hard."

No endorsements planned

Green says she's willing to give advice to possible successors but isn't planning any endorsements.

"I don't think you'll see me putting my name behind any candidate," she says. "I'd like to sit back and just kinda watch and see what the community wants to do moving forward."

  • The text of Green's announcement can be found below:

Mayor Green Will Not Seek Third Term on Prince George City Council

"I am announcing today I will not be seeking a third term in municipal office. I am sharing this decision today in order to give mayoral contenders ample time to make their intentions known and for them to begin sharing their platforms with the citizens of Prince George.

I have served two terms at City Council and it has been my honour to serve as Mayor for the city I love. It has been a privilege to lead the city while keeping taxes low, reducing crime and improving conditions for business. 

My family and I would like to thank everyone for their support, faith and encouragement over the last six years. 

I am considering other ways in which I will continue to serve this community and the region. In the coming days, when the time is appropriate, I look forward to sharing that publicly.

In the meantime I will continue to remain focused on the important work that Prince George residents elected me to do."

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