Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger will not seek re-election


Published June 20, 2022 at 9:29 am

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger will not be seeking re-election in the city’s upcoming municipal election.

In a statement issued early Monday morning (June 20), Eisenberger made the announcement, saying the decision comes after a recent trip to his old neighbourhood in Amsterdam.

“On a purely personal level, I have come a long way, both literally and figuratively,” he said in the statement.

“I have enjoyed every step of the journey. But now is the time for the journey to go in another direction.”

At the end of this term of office, Eisenberger will have served for three terms as mayor, the last two consecutively.

Eisenberger said that his decision to not seek reelection does not mean he’ll be heading into retirement just yet but that he felt it was time for a change of pace.

“As I am today, I am healthy and still have the energy and the drive,” he said.

“But closing in on age 70, will I still have the same energy and drive two or three years from now? I am not certain about that, but the people of Hamilton deserve that certainty.”

The announcement comes on the heels of former Hamilton mayor Bob Bratina’s announcement last week that he would be throwing his hat in the ring to be the city’s next mayor.

As it stands, Hamilton’s mayoral race currently has three candidates, including Bratina, Ejaz Butt and Keanin Loomis.

As for what’s next in store for Eisenberger, he said he remains open to opportunities.

“I do not have any retirement plans, but I am not going to retire in the traditional sense of the word. I am open to other opportunities,” he said.

“In the meantime, for the next five months, I will continue doing what I have always done, which is to work hard and to give the people of Hamilton my all.”

Hamilton’s municipal election day is October 24, 2022.

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