Leonard Krog officially announces he will be running for mayor of Nanaimo. He made his announcement Wednesday evening at the Coast Bastion Hotel. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Mayoral candidate Krog foresees change on Nanaimo council

‘You’re going to see a change in government here in Nanaimo,’ says MLA

Leonard Krog, newly announced candidate for Nanaimo mayor, delivered a show of support from across the political spectrum.

At an event Wednesday at the Coast Bastion Hotel, Krog, who is Nanaimo MLA, officially announced his intention to run for mayor in the fall civic election. With former politicians of various stripes in the room, including three former mayors, Krog said, “I am not running for a party. I am running for the people of Nanaimo.”

He told the standing-room-only crowd that his campaign slogan is ‘bringing people together for change.’ He said he’s running because so many people asked him to do so, both those who have supported his NDP politics and those who have voted against him for years.

“It’s about those things that we do agree upon,” Krog said. “We agree on good governance. We agree on integrity in public life. We agree on a community that is safe and secure for all of us. We agree on a future that is bright and it’s a future we’re going to build together.”

He was asked about the damage caused by some of the dysfunction at city hall the last few years and said trust is built by acting in a trustworthy way.

“The reason these people are out here tonight, people who have worked against me in political campaigns, is because they believe I’m trustworthy and they believe that I can bring together a team of people to restore and rebuild and move forward and build this city,” he said.

story continues below

Krog said Premier John Horgan was very surprised to learn the longtime MLA’s decision; “It’s something I discussed with friends and family and my wife, in particular,” Krog said, adding that Horgan tried to convince the caucus chairman to remain in legislature. “I didn’t go to the premier to bargain, to negotiate. I went to the premier to tell him the decision I had arrived at and I was firm in that decision.”

Krog believes Nanaimo is a safe NDP riding, said Horgan is the most popular party leader and thinks the party would win any byelection.

“I know the media is speculating about the fall of the government and the Chicken Littles are all running around; I get that. I get that,” Krog said. “Hang onto your hats, folks. We’re not going to see a change in government. Not in Victoria. But you’re going to see a change in government here in Nanaimo.”

At Krog’s announcement Wednesday, he was introduced by Michelle Corfield, chairwoman of the Nanaimo Port Authority, and Tony Harris of Harris Auto Group.

Harris said Krog is charismatic, thoughtful and leads by example by showing respect for others.

“This leadership style is what Nanaimo needs,” Harris said. “We need to stabilize the ship, bring people together, put our differences aside, consider the needs of our entire community, build a team and get to work.”

Don Hubbard, who is also running for mayor, said in a statement that Krog would be his second choice for mayor.

“The taxpayers now have a choice between a good politician or a guy that has run huge organizations and has the ability to get things done,” Hubbard said.

Fred Pattje, former city councillor and spokesman for Our Nanaimo, said the council watchdog group doesn’t endorse candidates, but said personally he’s been hoping for a long time that Krog would run.

“It bodes well for not only getting people out to run in the election, but also to achieve something that we so desperately need, and that is a council that is civil, collegial and can work with each other,” Pattje said.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Park bylaw for former water district land fails

Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay’s opposing vote delays dedication of parkland

BEST & BRIGHTEST: Student is definitely graduating in style

Wellington Secondary grad Hailey Urbanoski happy to help others with her design sense

Dover Bay ranks highest in Nanaimo school district in Fraser Institute report

The Fraser Institute releases annual report card on secondary schools

BEST & BRIGHTEST: Student finds balance between local and global thinking

Colton Van Der Minne of NDSS already learning at next level

More than 150 tremors hit Vancouver Island in last 24 hours

Seismologists monitor to see if pressure will be added to major fault

Homeless people living on ‘Surrey Strip’ move into modular housing

BC Housing says 160 homeless people are being moved into temporary Whalley suites from June 19 to 21

Man rescued after jumping from ferry near Bowen Island

BC Ferries said the man was in stable condition

Apartment building with affordable units proposed for central Nanaimo

Building on Pryde Avenue will include accessible suites

Senate officially passes Canada’s marijuana legalization bill

Bill C-45 now moves to royal assent, which is the final step in the legislative process

Fake attempted abduction not funny to B.C. neighbourhood residents

Two teenage boys won’t face criminal charges after scaring girl

Mosquitoes out in full force already? Blame the weather

But a B.C. mosquito expert says the heat wave will help keep the pests at bay

Man pleads not guilty in 1987 slayings of Vancouver Island couple

William Talbott of SeaTac was arraigned Tuesday in Snohomish County Superior Court

New GOP plan: Hold kids longer at border – but with parents

Move would ease rules that limit how much time minors can be held with their parents

Without a big data strategy, Canadians at risk of being ‘data cows’

Presentation said artificial intelligence could give Facebook and Amazon even more power

Most Read