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Linda McPhail bows out of Richmond council race

Two incumbent city councillors have announced they're not running in the Oct. 15 municipal election.
Linda McPhail will not be seeking re-election in the fall municipal election.

Another long-time city councillor has announced she’s not running for Richmond council.

Linda McPhail, who earlier this summer was listed as a candidate with Richmond United, announced Wednesday she wouldn’t be running in the Oct. 15 municipal election, citing “personal health issues.”

Harold Steves, who has been in politics for half a century, is also not seeking re-election this fall.

McPhail served three terms as a school trustee before being elected to city council, serving there also for three terms.

In a press release, McPhail said it was with a “heavy heart” that she made the announcement after 20 years in local politics.

“Thank you to the citizens of Richmond for putting your trust in me,” she said in the press release. “It has been a privilege to serve our community.”

McPhail said she foresees her health issues making it “challenging for me to offer the time and commitment necessary for such an important role.”

McPhail previously ran with Richmond First, but this winter, a new group called Richmond United, was formed, and McPhail was listed on its slate.

The municipal election takes place on Oct. 15 when a mayor, eight city councillors and seven trustees will be elected.