Councillor Ed Halverson steps down from Mayoral race, citing time commitments



Ed Halverson, Councillor in the Town of Lunenburg, announced he no longer intends to run for the position of Mayor in the upcoming Special Election on August 12.

Halverson made his announcement in a video on Facebook today.

In the video, Halverson cites personal time commitments as the reason for dropping out. He confirms he is going to remain on Town Council through the rest of his term as Councillor that ends in October 2024, and “What the future brings after that, we’ll see.”

“Lunenburgers deserve to have a fulsome conversation. There’s lots going on in this town, and that requires a lot of time that I simply just don’t have at this point,” says Halverson in the video. “I’ve had a few things come up in my life in the last few weeks that just don’t permit me to invest the time that Lunenburg deserves.”

Halverson initially announced his intention to run for Mayor in a video published to Facebook on April 13, three days after former Mayor Matt Risser announced his intention to resign.

With Halverson out of the race, the only person who has publicly announced their intention to run for Mayor in the August Special Election is Jamie Myra.

Myra is on a leave of absence as President of the Lunenburg Board of Trade, was a Councillor in Lunenburg from 2000-2012 and is proprietor of Stan’s Dad and Lad haberdashery on Lincoln St.

Nomination forms for Mayor cannot be filled out until July 10, so there is plenty of time for more candidates to announce their intention to run.

If you think you have what it takes to be Mayor, see the Town’s “Information for Candidates” page for a detailed explanation of how to run and what it entails.

Read the full text of Halverson’s speech from his video:

“Hello, my name is Ed Halverson, I am a Councillor here in the Town of Lunenburg.

A few weeks back I announced my intention to run for mayor.

Unfortunately, I’m going to be unable to fulfill that intent, and I am withdrawing my name from consideration.

Lunenburgers deserve to have a fulsome conversation. There’s lots going on in this town, and that requires a lot of time that I simply just don’t have at this point.

I’ve had a few things come up in my life in the last few weeks that just don’t permit me to invest the time that Lunenburg deserves.

I want to thank the many people who offered their support and encouragement, and I will continue to fulfill my role as Councillor.

I was elected into that role to serve until the end of 2024, and I will see that through. What the future brings after that, we’ll see.

I look forward to serving alongside whomever Lunenburg decides to elect as our next Mayor. And I wish everyone a great campaign.”

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