Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray
But he might do so when he takes another upcoming holiday.
"Maybe I'll go for a long walk in the sand and decide, 'That's it,'" Gray quipped Sunday, echoing former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's comment that he decided to retire from politics after going for a long walk in the snow one winter's night in 1984.
Gray, 74, said he will state publicly by the end of March whether he intends to contest the November civic election.
"Right now, I'm kind of leaning towards not running again," Gray said. "But I really haven't made up my mind yet."
Quitting politics would give Gray more time to spend with his family, which includes four adult children and 12 grandchildren, all living in Kelowna. The entire
family recently took a vacation together, and Gray says he and his wife Doreen would also like to travel more.
Gray was mayor from 1996 until 2005, when he was defeated by Sharon Shepherd. He stayed away from civic politics until 2011, when he won the mayoralty back from Shepherd.
If he does retire, Gray said he believes the most significant achievement of his most recent term as mayor will have been to help bring about plans for a major new Interior Health building in downtown Kelowna.
Shortly after being elected in November 2011, Gray and other city officials began talking with IH about a possible consolidation of much of the agency's administrative workforce in the downtown core.
Those talks eventually led to an agreement that saw the city sell a parking lot at the corner of Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street to IH for construction of a new office building, housing between 800-1,000 workers and delivering a major revitalization boost to the downtown area. An announcement on which firm has been selected to build the new office complex is "imminent," Gray said.
Other achievements listed by Gray include making City Hall more friendly to business and development by, among other things, eliminating the advisory planning commission, re-assigning a senior staffer charged with attracting new investment, and boosting municipal taxes only modestly during the past three years.
"I ran on a platform of making Kelowna open for business again and I think we've been able to do that," he said.
He also lists reconstruction of Bernard Avenue into a more pedestrian-friendly precinct and development of a new public marina as among the current council's most noteworthy achievements.
"I'd like to see the good work of this council continue," he said, "but that doesn't necessarily mean I have to be mayor."