By Kevin Werner, News Staff
The Hamilton Progressive Conservatives have lost another one of their candidates even though a possible Ontario election is on the horizon.
David Brown, the Tory candidate for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, has stepped down as the riding association’s candidate saying he wants to devote more time to his family.
“I am very concerned about the time and commitment is required (to campaign),” said Brown, 47. “I want to do it well.”
He said with his children attending university and one in high school, Brown decided, after talking it over with his wife over the Christmas holidays, that he couldn’t devote all the time necessary to campaigning while also being with his family.
Brown was nominated by the riding association in December 2012. For the last year he has been out in the community attending events, holding public meetings about local issues, and knocking on doors in preparing for an expected provincial election.
“I did put in a lot of time and effort,” he said. “It’s a tough riding. I am pleased with the progress I made.”
Brown said it was his decision to step aside, and not the party’s.
He informed the riding association about his a few days ago. Brown said he would help the association with a candidate search.
Hamilton East-Stoney Creek is represented by NDP MPP Paul Miller since he first won the riding in 2007, taking it away from the Liberals.
Brown twice ran in the Mississauga-Erindale riding against Liberal Harindar Takhar as the Tory candidate but lost. He moved to the Stoney Creek area in 2012, but he still operated his planning consultant business in theMississaugaarea. He is a former city ofMississaugaemployee.
A few weeks ago the Hamilton Mountain provincial Tory candidate Bryan Vanderkruk withdrew from being a candidate due to personal reasons. The Hamilton Mountain riding association is close to securing a new candidate.
Brown said he won’t rule out getting involved with politics in the future.
“I have built a good foundation for the next candidate,” he said. “There is an opportunity here.”