During his speech he paused several times, and at one point he became too choked up to speak.

But the message was clear, it is time to call it quits and Oct. 24, will be Fiacco’s last day as

mayor.

 

“I believe the time has come for me to leave the mayor’s office and begin the next chapter of

my life,” Fiacco said. “Since I was first elected I have woken up everyday excited to go to work. My

passion for the job has never wavered, but there comes a time when you hold elected office that there is

a time to move on,”

 

He said the reason he made the announcement when he did was because he wanted to give

anyone who wanted run in the election enough time to plan a proper campaign. As well, he wanted to

do it before the State of the City address, which is scheduled for Thursday Feb. 16.

 

Although Fiacco said he would endorse the right candidate if that candidate ran, he did not

make any predictions on who he would support or who would enter the mayoral race.

 

There have been speculations that long-time city council member, Michael Fougere, would run

for the city’s top job. Fougere, who is the councillor for the residents of Ward 4 located in southeast

Regina, is currently in his fifth term in City Hall.

 

When asked about these speculations Fougere responded, “Today is a day about Pat Fiacco. He

has been a great mayor, he has done great leadership over the last 12 years. This is his day and I

am here to support him; he has been a great friend of mine, a great colleague of mine over the last 12

years. There will be time to discus that afterwards; today is Pat’s day.”

 

The mayoral election for the City of Regina is to be held October 24th.

 


Natasha Tersigni is a fourth year journalism student at the University of Regina, and looks forward to graduating in the Spring of 2012. She is currently news editor of the university's students paper, The Carillon, and an avid amateur rower. If you would like to see more of her work go to ntersigni.wordpress.com. She asks that and questions or comments please be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!