Times Colonist

Se­cond can­di­date out, en­dorses An­drew in Vic­to­ria by­elec­tion

Ad­vance polling Dec. 1-5 at Crys­tal Gar­den

- LIND­SAY KINES lkines@times­colonist.com Politics · Elections · Canadian Forces · Veterans Affairs · New Democratic Party (Canada) · Canadian Department of National Defence · Veterans Affairs Canada

For the se­cond time this week, a can­di­date has un­of­fi­cially with­drawn from the Vic­to­ria coun­cil by­elec­tion and thrown his sup­port be­hind Stephen An­drew.

Keith Rosenberg con­firmed Fri­day that he has ended his cam­paign, al­though his name will still ap­pear on the Dec. 12 bal­lot.

He joins Ja­son Heit, who also pulled out this week and en­dorsed An­drew.

Rosenberg said he and his wife are home-school­ing two chil­dren with spe­cial needs as well as sup­port­ing his par­ents in se­niors care dur­ing the pan­demic.

“I just said, ‘You know, I’m won­der­ing if I bit off more than I can chew right now.’ ”

Rosenberg said he tried to of­fi­cially with­draw from the race, but was too late to get his name re­moved from the bal­lot.

“I refuse to try to make any prom­ises to the peo­ple that I can­not fol­low through on,” he said in an emailed re­sponse to a Time Colonist sur­vey of can­di­dates.

“So al­though my name will STILL be on the bal­lot, I will not be cam­paign­ing for the po­si­tion at this time.”

Rosenberg said in an in­ter­view that he agrees with many of the ideas in An­drew’s plat­form and would like to see him elected.

“I think he would be a breath of fresh air,” he said.

An­drew wel­comed Rosenberg’s sup­port.

“I am par­tic­u­larly proud of his stance against coun­cil sev­eral months ago when he dressed them down for their need­less at­tack on Re­mem­brance Day and our veter­ans,” he said.

Rosenberg, a Cana­dian mil­i­tary vet­eran, was among those who crit­i­cized coun­cil last year for vot­ing to ask the Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fence Depart­ment and Veter­ans Af­fairs Canada to help with polic­ing costs for Re­mem­brance Day and other mil­i­tary-re­lated events. Fol­low­ing a back­lash, coun­cil dropped the mo­tion and apol­o­gized.

With Rosenberg and Heit pulling out of the race, there are now nine can­di­dates ac­tively cam­paign­ing to fill a the coun­cil seat va­cated by Lau­rel Collins, who re­signed after win­ning the Vic­to­ria rid­ing for the NDP in last year’s fed­eral elec­tion.

Ad­vance vot­ing be­gins Tues­day at the Crys­tal Gar­den, 713 Dou­glas St., and will con­tinue through Satur­day, Dec. 5. Ad­di­tional ad­vance vot­ing takes place Dec. 7-9 at the same lo­ca­tion.

An ac­ces­si­ble vot­ing ma­chine will be avail­able at the Crys­tal Gar­den on all ad­vance vot­ing days and on gen­eral vot­ing day on Dec. 12. Curb­side vot­ing will also be avail­able for peo­ple with ac­ces­si­bil­ity chal­lenges.

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